You may have great oral hygiene and health, yet you find yourself frequently hiding your smile because of a few issues. A gap between your teeth, a chip or crack or a deeply stained tooth or two may be the cause behind your self-consciousness, and over time you may find yourself smiling less and less freely. Fortunately, James Schmidt, DDS has cosmetic dentistry treatments at our St. Louis dental office, and porcelain veneers are among them.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
When a patient visits our dentist office to discuss their cosmetic dentistry needs, they typically complain about issues such as:
- Chipped and/or cracked teeth
- Teeth that are uneven in size and/or length
- Deeply stained teeth that won’t respond to whitening
- Teeth that are mildly or moderately gapped or misaligned
- Teeth that are worn down, irregular or oddly shaped
- Gummy smiles
And for any of these issues, porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution. To keep it simple, they are thin shells of strong dental porcelain. They are custom designed for your smile, and are strongly bonded to the teeth to create a picture-perfect smile. Our cosmetic dentistry team will work with you to help you select the right solution. We have porcelain veneers and even thinner Lumineers. These are no thicker than a contact lens but can provide the same reliable functions.
Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers?
Which is the right choice for you? That really depends on your specific needs and issues, your budget and your preferences. If you would like to retain as much tooth structure as possible and have a minimally invasive application, Lumineers may be the right answer. If you have several issues to address and want the process completed in just two office visits, porcelain veneers may be the right choice.
Of course, some might wish for “prep-less” treatments, and Lumineers can provide this solution. For the most part, most patients will undergo pre-bonding preparations of the teeth being treated with porcelain veneers or Lumineers. For those with porcelain veneers, the preparations are simple. The cosmetic dentist will buff and shape the teeth that will receive the veneer. They make enough room for the veneer and then take molds of the teeth for a lab to craft a perfect veneer to overlay the tooth. You are sent home with temporary covers of the prepared teeth and when your new veneers arrive, we have you come in for a visit. Your teeth are cleaned and the bonding agents are applied. The veneers are placed on the teeth and in a very short time, they are set and ready for use!
Importance of Aftercare
Regardless of which path you choose, you will need to keep up with your regular oral hygiene. Though veneers cannot be stained and are ultra-resistant to damage, your natural teeth require the same attentive care. Daily flossing and brushing are essential, and regular checkups that explore the conditions of the porcelain veneers or Lumineers can ensure many years of satisfactory function and good looks.
Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist in St. Louis
Now that you know a bit more about porcelain veneers and Lumineers, it is time to talk with a dentist in St. Louis about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 314-968-7979 or by filling out our online contact form.