Enhancing your smile may not require lengthy orthodontics or intensive procedures. Porcelain veneers may be an easy and versatile option for cosmetic restoration, especially for only minor damage or discoloration to your teeth.
Veneers are customized to every patient and offer a durable solution for making happier smiles. Veneers use a thin tooth-colored material to reshape and resurface teeth for a healthier look. Porcelain veneers are often the preferred choice by cosmetic dentists, lasting up to 15 years or longer. Composite veneers are a less expensive option but may only last five to seven years.
Dr. Frith is an accredited cosmetic dentist offering porcelain veneers at his St. Louis, Mo offices. If in an initial consultation Dr. Frith determines that veneers are a good smile solution for you, he will begin the veneer development process, which may only require a few office visits to complete.
Veneers for Chipped Teeth
Chipped teeth are easy to repair with veneers. Using the material as a kind of patch, Dr. Frith fills in the chipped areas of the tooth. This procedure normally takes about two visits. In the first visit a superficial layer is removed to make space for the veneer. A mold is made, and a color match ensures the veneer blends in with your other teeth. Temporary veneers act as placeholders until the customized final molds are completed. By the second visit, the final finishes are cemented onto the teeth and ultraviolet light completes the bonding. The result is a completely smooth smile.
Narrowing the Gaps
Small gaps in your teeth can make your you less confident. Wider gaps may require orthodontics or bonding. But for smaller spaces between teeth, porcelain veneers may be a long-lasting solution. Using the veneer material like a filler, Dr. Frith adds onto tooth surfaces to reduce space between teeth, giving you a fuller smile after only a few appointments.
Discoloration isn’t always the result of poor dental hygiene. Teeth can become discolored from too much fluoride, the use of certain antibiotics or as an after-effect of a root canal.
If you decided on getting veneers in the St. Louis, MO area to solve your problem of discolored teeth, then it’s most likely that your attempts with over-the-counter tooth whiteners and bleaches have failed. Some discoloration may stubbornly remain even after professionally applied whiteners. Rather than bleach away the stain, porcelain veneers completely conceal the discoloration and restore the brightness of your smile.
Fixing Misshapen Teeth
Sometimes teeth can be out of shape. Bulges, bumps and craters or a few teeth that are too long or too short can leave an uneven smile. Because porcelain veneers are customized, Dr. Frith can mold veneers to accurately reshape any odd teeth until he achieves a uniform appearance.
The Lasting Benefits of Veneers
In addition to giving you a more impressive smile, porcelain veneers also offer other dental health benefits. Though diligent dental hygiene needs to continue, the protective coating of veneers can help defend against tooth decay. Veneers also contribute to the strengthening of cracked or loose teeth. And because they are stain-resistant, they can help keep your smile bright for years to come.
See If Veneers Are Right for You
If you’re ready to improve your smile, speak to the friendly staff of Dr. Frith at Masterpiece Smile to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options including porcelain veneers. He is currently taking new patients. Call today: 636.394.5200