If minor imperfections, such as stains, chips, and cracks are preventing you from achieving your smile goals, veneers might be able to help. At Victorian Village Dental Care in Columbus, Ohio, we offer veneers as part of our cosmetic dental services.
What Is a Dental Veneer?
Think of a dental veneer as a type of costume for your teeth. It is a very thin, custom-made dental restoration bonded to the tooth’s surface. The dental veneer acts as a shield for your natural tooth and prevents anyone from seeing the imperfections or other problems.
Veneers Brighten Smiles
Professional teeth whitening is often the cosmetic dental treatment our patients go to when they want a whiter and brighter smile. While teeth whitening will certainly add extra sparkle to your smile, it might not be exactly what you envisioned.
Some stains, such as from previous medication use or excessive coffee or wine consumption, cannot be removed with teeth whitening procedures no matter how many procedures you undergo. Dental veneers can remove those stubborn stains.
A custom-made dental veneer is placed on the stained or discolored tooth. This hides the stain and creates the appearance of a brighter, whiter smile.
Veneers and Previous Dental Work
Having previous dental work performed, such as dental fillings, prevents you from getting even results from teeth whitening procedures. Dental veneers can help whiten your smile when you have had previous dental work performed.
Dr. Martinez can create a custom-made dental veneer placed directly over a filling. The dental veneer can conceal the dental filling and give the appearance of a bright, white tooth.
If only one or two teeth were treated with a dental filling, Dr. Martinez can combine dental veneers and teeth whitening procedures. The dental veneers are placed on the teeth with the fillings, while the teeth whitening procedure will whiten and brighten your other teeth.
Caring for Veneers
After the placement of veneers, you probably won’t notice any changes to your daily oral hygiene routine. That is because you care for your veneers just like your natural teeth.
Daily brushing and flossing, combined with routine dental hygiene exams and professional cleanings, will keep your veneers looking white and bright for many years.
The secret to keeping a dental veneer looking good is to take precautions to prevent it from becoming damaged. Making simple changes, such as switching to a less abrasive toothpaste, avoiding hard candies, and wearing a nightguard at night, can reduce your risk of damaging the veneers.
Our dental team will gladly discuss after-treatment maintenance with you and advise you on what changes you can make to protect your veneers. We can also recommend some of our preventative dental services, such as custom-made athletic mouthguards and nightguards, which will provide additional protection for your dental veneers.
See if Dental Veneers Are Right for You
Dental veneers are a great option for people looking to make minor adjustments to their smile, but they aren’t the only treatment option. Dr. Martinez is happy to discuss treatment options to get you the smile of your dreams. Call our dental office in Columbus, Ohio at 614-298-1543 to request a cosmetic dental consultation.