Do you ever wonder how your favorite stars get their beautiful smiles? Most of them are not born with perfect teeth. Often, megabucks actors have full dental crowns installed, but there is another solution, one that often works just as well and is far less expensive: porcelain veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are shells that are made from a tooth-like material. They fit over the front of your teeth, so they are not a full restoration treatment like crowns. That is why they are less expensive. Simply stated, if the whole tooth does not have to be restored, veneers will work just as well as crowns to restore your smile. Porcelain veneers can cover a multitude of dental issues, from chipping and cracking to stains and discoloration. They can even change the length or shape of your teeth.
In order for you to have traditional porcelain veneers installed, Dr. Yamaguchi will need to scrape off some of your existing tooth enamel in order to make sure that the veneers fit properly. Then, she will take impressions of your teeth, which she will send to a lab. The lab will use these impressions to create your veneers. Once they are made, you will come to see Dr. Yamaguchi for a second visit, during which she will examine the veneers to make sure that the color and shape are right. Then, she will use a special cement to anchor them to your teeth, a special light to harden them, and you’ll go on your way with the smile you have always wanted.
Sometimes, though, the procedure is even less complex. Dr. Yamaguchi also offers low prep veneers. These are thinner dental veneers that can be put in place without the need to scrape away any enamel. One such type is Edelweiss veneers, which can be installed in a single day. The procedure is considerably less invasive, and involves Dr. Yamaguchi placing pre-fabricated veneers on your teeth. They are made to match your teeth as they are created from a composite material that closely matches them. You do not have to worry about impressions because Edelweiss veneers do not need to be customized. Dr. Yamaguchi can fit you with them in a single appointment with no need for impressions or temporary veneers. You are fitted and ready to go in just one appointment. It has never been easier to restore your smile.
As you can see, there are many options available to you when it comes to porcelain veneers. If your dental imperfections are slight, you can probably have low prep veneers. More serious issues may require full veneers.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Once you and Dr. Yamaguchi have determined the type of dental veneers that are best for you, and they have been installed, you do not have to worry about special care. Your porcelain veneers require no more attention than your natural teeth. However, keep in mind that even though your veneers will not decay, your actual teeth underneath can still be vulnerable. And if you develop gum disease, your veneers could fail. So, be sure to see Dr. Yamaguchi regularly for checkups.
Contact Our Lake Oswego Cosmetic Dentist
If you are not happy with your smile, and would like to know more about porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Manami Yamaguchi at Dental Arts & Wellness. We are located at 15074 Bangy Rd Lake, Oswego, OR 97035. You can reach us by phone at 503-635-3306, or use the form on our Contact Us page to book an appointment. We look forward to seeing you.