Are Veneers Right for Me?

Are you guilty of hiding your teeth when you laugh? Do you talk with your mouth closed so your teeth don’t show? Being ashamed of veneersyour teeth is nothing new. However, with help from your Mount Pleasant, SC dentist, you can revive your smile and restore your confidence in just a few dental appointments with porcelain dental veneers.

What are dental veneers? 
Dental veneers are a super-thin shell of porcelain attached to the front of the teeth. Veneers change the shape, size, color or length of the teeth. Veneers can cover various imperfections in the teeth, including:

  • gaps
  • chips
  • cracks
  • discolored teeth
  • overlapping teeth
  • uneven teeth

Are veneers right for me?

Good candidates for dental veneers require generally good oral health. Healthy gums and enamel are crucial for healthy veneers. Those with a heavy teeth grinding habit do not make good candidates for veneers. Veneers can cover slightly misaligned teeth, but are not necessarily a substitute for heavy orthodontic treatment. Some cases have better results if they are first treated with braces. Good candidates should also have an excellent at-home oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing twice a day and a commitment to regular dental examinations and cleanings will extend the life of your veneers.

How does the procedure for dental veneers work? 
Since a dental laboratory needs time to create the veneers, the process usually takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist takes a mold of your mouth on which the veneers are based. Your teeth may be prepared at this appointment, which involves shaving a tiny amount of enamel from the front of the teeth. If this occurs, your dentist fits temporary veneers onto the teeth until the lab completes your permanent restorations. At your second appointment, your dentist checks the fit of each veneer. If necessary, your dentist trims the veneer to fit perfectly onto the tooth. The veneers are then permanently attached to the teeth using dental cement.

For more information on dental veneers in the Mount Pleasant, SC, please contact Dr. Cynthia L. Holmes Garner, DDS, AEGD at Garner Family Dentistry. Call 843-884-6002 to schedule your consultation for dental veneers today!

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