What To Know Before Getting Veneers

Dental veneers are continuously gaining popularity because of the spectacular results so many are seeing. Veneers are recommended to anyone who is unhappy with their smile, but who doesn’t want to invest in orthodontics or wear braces. In some cases, veneers are also the best option if teeth have severe discoloration or have been through trauma. 

Veneers are porcelain shells that look exactly like teeth, but work as ‘masks,’ glued against your existing teeth. They feel natural, look natural, or can even be made to look especially glamorous if you are on-camera frequently or looking for an extra flair with your smile. Or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, even just one or two veneers can be applied to cover up discolored or broken teeth.

What to Know Before Getting Veneers

Beyond the cosmetic reasons, many don’t know why veneers are so popular. They are actually a sound dental decision for your current teeth. Veneers can actually protect your existing teeth, and the veneer implementation process strengthens the teeth. Veneers also tend to be stain-resistant, meaning that if you’re a big coffee or wine drinker, the risk of staining the veneers (or even yellowing them) is slim to none. 

At Rifkin Dental, we offer a customized veneer process, which means we work with you to achieve the vision you’re looking for and custom-make each veneer for each of your teeth. We recommend looking at smiles that you would most like to imitate, including whiteness. 

We always like to remind our clients that, while white teeth look quite glamorous, it is possible to go too white! We’ve been doing the veneer process long enough to be able to recommend the best set of veneers for you, including the best coloring for your desire and complexion. 

A High Level Overview of Our Process

Our process features two appointments. At the first, one of our experienced cosmetic dentists will lightly remove a top layer of enamel from your teeth. This is critical for an effective adhesion process. Many ask if this part hurts, and it does not. However, the enamel removal process (done with small scraping tools) may be mildly uncomfortable and increase teeth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages until your second appointment. 

In this first appointment, we take an impression of your teeth that will then be sent to the lab to make your custom-made veneers. 

When you return for your second appointment, we will apply the custom-made veneers. This is done by applying a special cement and light source between your teeth and the veneers, which glues them together seamlessly. Veneers are permanent, so we take this process very seriously. One-by-one, one of our highly trained cosmetic dental specialists will align your new teeth. 

You will feel like a brand new you walking out of that second appointment, with a brand new, sparkling, perfect set of teeth! Teeth sensitivity may continue for just a few more days. If you’re ready for your best smile, call our office so we can tell you more about the veneer process.

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