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What are Ceramic Veneers?

When you look in the mirror, do you notice discolored, misshapen teeth instead of the brilliant, beautiful smile you want? If you are self-conscious about your appearance due to less than perfect teeth, ceramic veneers may be the right solution for you. These thin coverings disguise those nagging aesthetic imperfections, giving you a more attractive look and a self-confidence boost at the same time. Dr. Haynes and the team at Radiance Smiles Center in Durango offer ceramic veneers to patients that want to take their smiles to the next level.

Ceramic veneers are porcelain coverings that go over the front of your teeth to create a clean, uniform appearance. The purpose of veneers is to enhance your smile and strengthen teeth that have succumbed to wear and tear over time. They are customized to fit over your teeth precisely, creating a result that is as natural as it is beautiful. Thin but very durable, ceramic veneers are considered a fixed prosthetic that can improve your look for many years.

Reasons for Ceramic Veneers

There are many situations where ceramic veneers might be the right choice for you:

  • Teeth that are permanently discolored or stained
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misshapen teeth that detract from your overall appearance
  • Small gaps between the teeth

Dr. Haynes will inspect your concerns carefully to determine whether veneers will provide you with the best cosmetic results. In some cases, ceramic crowns or other restoration strategies might be a preferred choice.

Are Ceramic Veneers Right for You?

While ceramic veneers offer dramatically positive results for the right patient, they will not work for everyone. To be a candidate, you must have sufficient natural tooth to support the outer covering. If you have other issues like gum disease or problems with your roots, other procedures may need to be performed first to ensure veneers will produce the desired result. Veneers are not robust enough to withstand significant grinding or clenching, so if you have suffered damage already from these issues, veneers may not work for you.

On the other hand, if your natural teeth are in relatively good condition but in need of more aesthetic enhancement than you can gain from standard cleaning and whitening procedures, ceramic veneers might be the perfect option for you. Veneers come in a variety of shades, allowing Dr. Haynes to tailor your restoration to the precise results you want. Keep in mind that veneers create permanent alterations in your mouth since enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth to ensure the veneers fit smoothly. Even if you have to replace your veneers at some point, you will require new veneers or another restoration to maintain a natural appearance.

About the Process

Ceramic veneers are placed in a two-step process at Radiance Smile Center. During your first appointment, Dr. Haynes will remove sufficient enamel from the fronts of your teeth to provide room for the veneers to fit smoothly above the gum line. He will also create an impression of your teeth that allows the lab to create veneers that perfectly conform to the size and shape of your teeth. Finally, he will place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect them and help them maintain a uniform appearance while you are waiting for your permanent veneers to be created.

Your second appointment will be scheduled once your permanent veneers are completed, usually within a few weeks. At this meeting, Dr. Haynes will remove your temporary veneers and cement your permanent set to your natural teeth. There is no recovery process after ceramic veneers. In fact, unless you were given sedation for your procedure, you should even be able to drive yourself home.

Maintaining Your Results

To ensure your veneers continue to look as good as they do the day they are placed, there are a few steps you can take to take care of them properly. Avoid using your teeth to open bottles or packages, as this can cause the veneers to chip or break. By the same token, do not chew hard objects like ice or chewy foods like caramels. You will also need to maintain good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing daily and scheduling professional cleanings and examinations twice a year.

If you grind or clench your teeth at night, an investment in a custom night guard will protect your veneers from the pressure placed on your teeth while you sleep. Patients that play sports that could lead to a blow to the mouth should also wear a mouth guard to protect their veneers as well as their natural teeth.

If your smile is not as beautiful or radiant as you would like, veneers might give you the edge you need to enhance your overall appearance and boost your confidence. To learn more about ceramic veneers, contact Radiance Smiles Center today at 970-247-9549.