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Posts for: March, 2018

By Mike White, DDS
March 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you have problems with your teeth, showing off your smile may not be something you feel you can do. However, your dentist can help veneersyou restore your smile and makeover your appearance with porcelain dental veneers. But what are veneers and what can they mean for your smile? Get more information on veneers with Dr. Michael White and his practice in Chehalis, WA.

What is a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a shell-like dental restoration which fits over the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. A crown is a less invasive way to restore a tooth than other procedures like crowns, but are still permanent and provide big results. Veneers last anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on the patient's oral care routine and commitment to their veneers’ care. Though veneers last many years with the proper care, they will require replacement eventually.

How can veneers benefit me?
Veneers make you feel good about the way you look, a priceless feeling which can benefit your first impressions and daily face-to-face encounters, and boost your confidence and self-esteem. Veneers leave your natural teeth mostly intact, requiring only slight alterations before placement. In fact, some veneers do not require any preparation at all. It is virtually impossible to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a veneer, meaning that veneers provide a super-realistic appearance and will blend right into your smile.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Chehalis, WA
Before placing your veneers, your dentist will want to ensure that your teeth are free from teeth decay and gum disease and perform procedures to repair teeth with these issues. Preparing the teeth requires an appointment during which your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Then, your density takes an impression of the mouth and sends it to a dental laboratory. The lab uses the impression to design and create your veneers, customizing them to your mouth. At your next appointment, usually about two weeks later, your dentist will place the final restorations onto your teeth where they will stay permanently.

For more information on porcelain veneers, please contact Dr. Michael White at his practice in Chehalis, WA. Call (360) 748-0168 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. White.