Sometimes, teeth need more than a quick whitening. Accidents, poor dental hygiene, or even genetics can create issues that go beyond a stain. In these cases, you’ll need a bigger, more involved solution.
One such solution is a veneer — a thin, custom-made shell (usually made of porcelain) that can be adhered to your teeth and improve their appearance. This will change everything about your smile, including the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Veneers will also resist staining, so you’ll have to make sure you keep the surrounding teeth clean and bright to avoid them sticking out.
What Are Veneers and/or Laminates?
Veneers, also called laminates, are thin, custom-made shells that are made to cover the front side of teeth to improve their shape, size, and color. Dr. Sean Kennelly may recommend dental veneers in Centennial, Colorado, if you have one or more of the following smile imperfections:
- Discolored teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Slightly crooked or uneven teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
Before placing a veneer, our dentist will have a cosmetic dental consultation in Centennial, CO, with you. Your smile goals will be discussed and our dentist will inspect your smile. A small amount of tooth enamel will be removed to prepare your tooth for a veneer. Our dentist will make an impression of your tooth so a veneer can be custom made for your smile. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where veneer construction takes 1-2 weeks. When the veneer is ready, our dentist will place it on your tooth to check its fit and color, and any necessary adjustments will be made. To prepare your tooth for bonding, it is cleaned, polished, and lightly roughened. A special cement and a curing light are used to bond the veneer to the front of your tooth. Lastly, our dentist will remove any extra cement, check the fit of the veneer, and make any necessary final adjustments.
To learn if veneers are right for you and to schedule a consultation, contact our dental office today!