Are you hoping to completely makeover your smile? Custom veneers might be just what you’re looking for. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that Dr. Wilkinson will bond to the surface of your teeth. They can hide many dental flaws, creating a more brilliant, beautiful smile. For example, veneers can be used to . . .
- Repair teeth that are cracked or chipped
- Close gaps between teeth
- Reduce the appearance of stains and discoloration
- Correct teeth that are crooked, misshapen, or uneven
- Enhance the natural beauty and radiance of your smile
To ensure an exact fit, a model of your teeth will be made, and Dr. Wilkinson will use a color chart to help you choose the best shade of white for your smile. When the veneers arrive, Dr. Wilkinson will carefully bond them to your teeth. Veneers can be placed in just two visits, but they will require some tooth removal. Your teeth must be shaved down and reshaped so that the veneers will fit properly. This also creates a more natural appearance, because the veneers won’t add any excess bulk to the teeth.
How do I care for veneers? How long will they last?
Brush and floss as you normally would, and don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers in doing so. They’re stronger than you might think! Choose non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste as well. With proper care, your porcelain veneers should last about 10 to 20 years.
Will dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Some insurance companies will cover a percentage of the cost of veneers, but some won’t. This all depends on your insurance. Ask Dr. Wilkinson for more information regarding the cost of veneers and your dental insurance coverage.
Will my veneers stain if I drink coffee, red wine, tea, etc.?
Porcelain veneers rarely become stained. However, because your remaining teeth can still become discolored if you frequently eat or drink staining agents, we recommend that you avoid these foods and beverages. After all, if your remaining teeth become stained, they won’t match the veneers.
What if I grind my teeth at night?
If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, be sure to let Dr. Wilkinson know, as this can place great pressure on veneers and potentially cause damage. You may be asked to wear a bite guard while sleeping to minimize the stress placed upon your teeth.
How do veneers differ from Lumineers?
Lumineers are similar to veneers, but their thinner shape allows them to be placed without grinding down your original teeth. Unlike veneers, they are reversible. However, some say that Lumineers have a bulkier look when compared to veneers because they increase the size of each tooth. Dr. Wilkinson would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each option with you.
“I am very pleased with all of Dr. Wilkinson’s work. He kept me very comfortable through the entire process. He cares about my overall well being and I trust him. Now I have a beautiful healthy smile!”
Veneers are cherished for their aesthetics, their protective surface, and their durability. For those dreaming of a flawless smile, they might be the perfect solution. If you’re ready to set up an appointment to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options, please give Wilkinson Dental a call at 417-708-0556. We look forward to hearing from you!