A little damage to your smile might not affect your chewing or speaking, but the appearance of broken or discolored teeth doesn’t make a good first impression. At Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry in Casa Grande, Arizona, dentists Jeffrey Mitchell, DDS, and David Crosby, DMD, and their team place thin, custom, color-matched veneers on the fronts of your unattractive teeth to give you a straighter, more even smile. To find out what fixes can be made with veneers, request your appointment by phone or online today.
Veneers Q & A
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin covers fitted to the front of your teeth that give them an improved appearance. Think of them like masks or permanent makeup.
Veneers are typically made of porcelain, composite resin, and other materials that take on a toothlike color and shine. For this reason, most people won’t be able to tell that you have anything out of the ordinary in your smile. At Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry, the team custom-makes your veneers especially for you and makes sure that they look great once they’re on.
What is the process of getting veneers?
The procedure for applying your veneers is simple but requires two appointments.
First, your dentist removes half of a millimeter (about two one-hundredths of an inch) of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. Then, they take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab where your veneers are made. They also match the shade of your teeth to choose the right color of material for the veneers.
At the application appointment, your dentist cleans your teeth thoroughly to make sure no bacteria gets stuck under a veneer. They roughen the surface of your teeth before placing the veneers on with dental cement and drying it with ultraviolet (UV) light.
How can veneers fix my smile?
You can make many adjustments using veneers. Since veneers are quite simple to place, getting them can often save you the trouble of getting more extensive dental work. With veneers, you can fix the appearance of:
- Broken teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Wide gaps between your teeth
- Short teeth
- Sharp or pointy teeth
- Discoloration that doesn’t lift with whitening treatments
Your dentist at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry might recommend that you get braces before getting veneers. An uneven bite isn’t fixable with veneers and can leave them prone to breakage.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
Veneers are a simple fix for imperfect teeth, and nearly anyone with a healthy mouth is a candidate. You’re a good candidate to get veneers if you:
- Have healthy teeth (no decay)
- Have healthy gums (no gingivitis)
- Don’t need root canals
- Can avoid chewing hard objects while you have them
- Can use a mouthguard for sports
Your brief consultation with a member of the team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry involves some questions and possible X-rays.
Are you unhappy with the shape, size, or shade of your visible teeth? Request a consultation for veneers by phone or online at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry today.