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Get a Megawatt Smile With Veneers

Get a Megawatt Smile With Veneers

What do Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise, and Demi Moore all have in common? Besides the fact they all share A-list celebrity status, they’re also all rumored to have veneers!

Veneers are the cosmetic dentistry solution for taking any smile from drab to fab. These thin, custom-made coverings can correct a wide range of dental imperfections, including gaps, chips, uneven length, and discoloration. Veneers can give you the beautifully aligned, shapely teeth you’ve always dreamed of flashing for the camera.

In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefit provided by veneers, they also boast certain protective qualities and could be a less invasive solution for correcting your current cosmetic dentistry woes.

Are veneers the right solution for you and your smile? Read on to learn more.


What Are Veneers, Exactly?

Veneers are thin pieces of custom-made porcelain coating that are used to recreate the natural look of your teeth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), veneers also provide strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process (aka permanent) because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate for the porcelain shell. That being said, we recommend thoroughly researching the entire process and speaking with one of the cosmetic dentistry professionals at Excel Dental before making your decision about veneers.


Who Should Get Veneers?

Veneers can solve nearly any cosmetic dental imperfection. If you suffer from one or more of the following issues, dental veneers could be the right choice for you:

  • Aged Enamel: Over time, your enamel can become worn or dulled. When this happens, the result is a thinned or translucent appearance.
  • Chips and Cracks: Evidence of wear and tear often comes in the form of chips and cracks. Veneers can easily cover these types of dental blemishes.
  • Uneven Teeth: You may notice that some of your teeth are shorter or longer than others, which can interfere with both appearance and bite functionality. Uneven teeth can be the result of genetics or teeth grinding.
  • Gaps: Perhaps you’ve had braces in the past, but your teeth have started to go their separate ways once again. In lieu of braces “round two”, some people instead opt for veneers.
  • Discoloration: Stubborn tooth discoloration may not be fully correctable through teeth whitening alone. In these cases, veneers can offer another viable solution.

So, you have one or more of the above dental issues and you’ve determined you want to proceed with veneers. Great! However, the ideal candidate must also possess good oral hygiene habits. Decay, plaque, and gum disease must first be addressed prior to considering veneers for cosmetic purposes. Your local Ozark, MO dentist will work with you to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for veneer application.


The Procedure

Once your Springfield, MO dentist has confirmed you meet the candidate criteria for veneers, here is what you can expect as next steps:

  1. After your initial consultation, you’ll meet with your dentist for a series of x-rays. The dentist will then trim about half a millimeter of the tooth enamel to prepare your teeth for the veneers. Don’t worry — it’s an incredibly thin amount of enamel that is removed.
  2. Next, your dentist will take an impression or mold of your teeth to send to a lab to prepare the veneers. The lab will typically require one to two weeks to develop your veneers.
  3. Once the veneers are ready from the lab, your dentist will check the fit and color and prepare your teeth with a thorough cleaning. The surface of your teeth is then roughened to improve the adhesion of the veneers. The veneers are attached to your teeth with a special cement, then ultraviolet light is used to harden it quickly.
  4. That’s it! Your new star-worthy smile is ready for the paparazzi.


Care For Your Veneers

A follow-up visit may be scheduled by your dentist a few weeks after the procedure to ensure the veneers are properly placed and that you are not experiencing any issues. After placement of your veneers, you should follow your regular oral hygiene routine as normal. You should expect your veneers to last for ten to fifteen years with proper care.

To further extend the life of your new pearly whites, you may also consider avoiding certain foods and beverages that can tarnish the color of your veneers over time, including beets, coffee, tea, and red wine. Of course, make sure to continue seeing your dentist yearly as another way to preserve the health of your new smile.

Veneers are relatively simple to maintain in comparison to other cosmetic dentistry solutions. Brush regularly, use floss, and eat a healthy diet for a new smile that will last!


Lights, Camera, SMILE!

A gorgeous smile can be yours with the help of veneers. Make an appointment today with your cosmetic dentistry experts at Excel Dental, Dr. Tracy Davis or Dr. Nick Matthews. Find us in Ozark, Missouri — just a short 10 minute drive from Springfield.


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