and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
While some people only have one particular cosmetic flaw in their smiles – such as a crack or a stain – others have so many imperfections that they have no idea what the first step should be to start making improvements. Here at Baltimore Dental Arts, we can use porcelain veneers to address multiple cosmetic flaws at once, essentially letting us completely recreate your smile in just a couple of visits! Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.
A porcelain veneer is meant to cover the tooth like a crown, but instead of fitting over the entire surface, it’s only attached to the front side that people see when you smile. Each veneer is individually designed to fit perfectly on the designated tooth, and they will all be customized so that they look as natural as possible. You can get veneers to cover all of your visible teeth, but in some cases it’s possible to make the desired changes with a smaller number of veneers placed strategically. Porcelain is the preferred material for making veneers since it is both long-lasting and can resist stains.
With porcelain veneers in place, many different cosmetic flaws will essentially disappeared. The most common reasons to get veneers include minor chips and cracks that don’t endanger the tooth but nevertheless detract from your appearance as well as different kinds of tooth discoloration that aren’t affected by professional whitening. In certain cases, veneers can also make small teeth look bigger or close certain gaps.
As with any procedure, it’s important that we determine whether or not porcelain veneers are a good fit for you before beginning the actual treatment process. First, of course, we’ll need to figure out what sort of corrections you want to make and determine whether porcelain veneers really are the best solution. Then we’ll need to make sure that:
Everything begins with your first consultation. We’ll check your teeth, discuss your options, and develop a plan based on your goals. Then, in order to prepare the teeth for veneer placement, we will remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure that the veneers lay evenly with the other teeth once they’re in place. Afterwards, an impression of the teeth is taken. The veneers themselves will be ready in a few weeks. During the follow-up appointment, we’ll check them carefully to make sure they’re the right size, shape, and color so that we can make any necessary adjustments before they’re permanently attached to the enamel.