The world of modern cosmetic dentistry is packed with impressive treatments and solutions. One of the most popular is known as porcelain veneers, and at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO, we are happy to consult with our patients to help them determine if this is a good treatment for their needs.
What to Expect From Dental Veneers
As your preferred dentist in St. Louis, we will meet with you to look at your overall oral health before we move forward with treatments like porcelain veneers. After all, it makes no sense to improve the looks of your teeth if they are painful, unhealthy and at risk for decay or loss! Once we are sure your teeth and gums are in the best possible condition, we can then assess your mouth and determine if you are a good candidate for dental veneers.
Most patients are because veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that can address issues like:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth (gapped or crowded)
- Deeply discolored teeth that will not respond to whitening
- Unevenly sized teeth (overly long, very small or oddly shaped)
- Worn teeth
- Mildly misaligned teeth
It takes a cosmetic dentist to determine if your issues can be corrected with porcelain veneers, and if they can, it often takes only two office visits to be done.
The process begins when our porcelain veneers specialist prepares your teeth for the veneers. They are thin shells of incredibly strong porcelain that are designed specifically for you, and then bonded to your teeth. They serve as masks for the flawed or damaged teeth, and all porcelain veneers can be used like your natural teeth.
We must make space for the porcelain veneers by removing some of the enamel and structure of the teeth, and place temporary veneers while awaiting your veneers to come from the lab. We then bond your veneers and you can begin using them immediately.
Contact Our Smile Makeover Specialist
They are so effective they are often described as a braces alternative or instant smile makeover. If this appeals to you and you want to consult with us about it, feel free to give us a call at our St. Louis, MO office at 314-968-7979. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.