Our team at First Impression Dental, located in Fresno, California, led by Dr. Brett Lent, is dedicated to keeping your mouth healthy and your smile bright. We’re also committed to providing high-quality dental care that is painless and affordable.
Read on to learn why veneers are often an excellent option for correcting imperfections related to chipped, discolored, or unevenly shaped teeth.
The basics of dental veneers
Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or resin that Dr. Lent meticulously shapes to fit over the visible portion of your front teeth. Once veneers are bonded to your tooth surface, they offer a natural appearance that effectively reshapes your smile.
What can you fix with veneers?
Widely recognized for his skill as both a general and cosmetic dental specialist, Dr. Lent brings an extra level of expertise to the veneer process. He can use veneers to correct a wide variety of cosmetic flaws, which may include:
- Stained or discolored teeth that don’t respond to professional-grade cleaning or whitening
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth that are unevenly shaped or worn
- Mildly crooked teeth
Veneers may be applied to one or several of your teeth to effectively resolve flaws that can impact your smile and reduce your self-confidence.
How long do veneers last?
Dental veneers are bonded to existing teeth and are essentially permanent. Those crafted from porcelain provide a stain-resistant surface and can last 10-15 years.
Resin veneers don’t last as long, about seven years with the right care, but are generally more affordable than their porcelain counterparts. Once they’ve reached their lifespan, veneers are removed and replaced in much the same way as when they were initially applied.
Either option is decidedly less complicated than extracting a flawed tooth and replacing it with an implant, bridge, or crown. Keep in mind, however, that not every tooth is amenable to veneers. A severely decayed or fractured tooth, for instance, may require different treatments.
Dr. Lent carefully evaluates and discusses your options in detail during your initial evaluation.
How do I care for veneers?
Veneers are easy to care for. Simply brush and floss as usual. It’s also important, however, that you return for routine dental checkups as directed.
Dental exams provide Dr. Lent the opportunity to evaluate the condition of your veneers as well as your overall oral health. Early diagnosis and treatment typically offer the most effective and least complicated solutions for plaque buildup, tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions that can threaten your dental and physical well-being.
For comprehensive dental care that includes veneers and other cosmetic fixes for your smile flaws, schedule a visit at First Impression Dental today. Call the office or use our convenient online service to request an appointment.