Teeth are made of the hardest substance in your body, but they’re not invincible. Getting hit in the mouth during a game, a car accident or a bad habit of biting your fingernails can weaken or crack your front teeth. Veneers can also be placed to improve the appearance of your teeth if they are chipped, stained or misshapen. They are stain-resistant covers that are permanently attached to the front of your teeth.
Front teeth are good candidates to be fixed with a porcelain veneer. It covers the entire front of the tooth, restoring a healthy appearance. Your oral hygiene routine remains the same after veneers are placed, with daily brushing and flossing recommended as usual.
Weakened teeth can be diagnosed in a regular visit to your dentist. A crack or fracture isn’t necessarily visible, but it will be sensitive to heat and cold. A constant toothache is a sign of deeper damage to the nerves or blood vessels.
What You Can Do
If you crack or fracture a tooth, take an anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen, to control swelling and pain. Rinse your mouth with salt water to keep the injured tooth wet and clean. If the break has a sharp edge, you can cover it in orthodontist’s wax or sugar-free gum to keep it from cutting your mouth. Call your dentist for an appointment immediately.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom designed to blend in with your teeth and provide a natural, durable solution for chipped, worn, broken or uneven teeth. They can provide strength and substance to weakened, damaged teeth.
• Consultation: Your dentist will take diagnostic x-rays, color-match your teeth and discuss your preferences for cosmetic restoration.
• Preparation: Your dentist will grind or trim away a small amount of tooth enamel so that the bond will adhere. Then an impression will be made for the lab technician to create an artistic mockup. Once approved by the dentist, the veneers will be created by the lab.
• Placement: Your veneers will be permanently affixed at your third appointment. Your dentist will prepare your teeth by cleaning them and roughing up the tooth to improve adhesion. The veneer is pressed onto the tooth, and the cement is cured with ultraviolet light.
If you are in need of porcelain veneers in Walnut Creek, CA, please call our office at 925-937-9017 to schedule your consultation today.