Dental Veneers and Dental Laminates
What are Dental Veneers?
R. Ben Alexander, DDS provides dental veneers to restore damaged teeth and transform smiles. A veneer is a thin shell that is made out of porcelain or ceramic. The shade of the veneer, along with its shape and size is made to match your surrounding teeth to blend perfectly.
Dental Veneer Uses
The R. Ben Alexander, DDS dental team can accomplish a variety of dental concerns using dental veneers. By placing dental veneers on top of the teeth, we can close gaps, make teeth even in length, cover dark stains and create a uniform-looking smile. In this way, dental veneers can create a smile that rivals the most famous Hollywood stars.
We also use dental veneers to restore cracked, chipped or broken teeth to their full functionality. As long as the tooth structure is intact, we can restore the appearance of a tooth while making it possible to eat and speak without feeling any discomfort.
Dental Veneers Procedure
When patients visit R. Ben Alexander, DDS, we take an impression of their teeth to design their veneer in our lab. The dental veneers will match the size, shape, and color of your teeth, taking a little over a week to make.
In order to place dental veneers, Dr. Alexander will first prepare your tooth by removing a portion of the enamel. This helps the veneer lay flat and in line with your gum tissue. After preparing the tooth, we will secure the final veneer on the tool. With the help of innovative technology, the ED4 machine, dental veneers can be made in-office during your appointment. This means that you do not have to wear a temporary crown while you are waiting for the final product and it also decreases the cost for our patients. Lastly, the tooth will be cleaned, and the dental veneer will be bonded to the tooth. Dental veneers are instant and you can start flashing your smile right away.
After the Procedure
Your teeth will typically be sore for a few days after the preparation phase and after placing the permanent dental veneers. During this time, you can take pain medication to help you stay comfortable. Patients can also benefit from getting rest and using a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Dr. Alexander recommends that patients eat soft foods for a few days after the dental veneers are placed.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
One main benefit of dental veneers that patients enjoy is how the veneers make their teeth look. This procedure is an excellent solution that can transform your smile. The veneer is placed over your natural teeth, so there is no need for surgery, and the recovery time is reduced. Since the dental veneers are made to match your other teeth, they will look natural, and no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your dental veneers. Another benefit is that they are made out of a stain resistant material. This means that your teeth will stay whiter and brighter, even if your favorite beverage is a hot cup of coffee.
If you are interested in enhancing your smile with dental veneers, call our office or schedule an appointment online with R. Ben Alexander, DDS today!