It’s February, which means romance is in the air, maybe you’re making special plans with your sweetie, and you’re probably seeing those little pastel-colored candy hearts everywhere. Does your smile say “Kiss Me,” “Be Mine,” and “Call Me”?
Or is it nowhere to be seen, because you’re embarrassed to show it off?
Life is too short to put up with less-than-pearly or less-than-white pearly whites. Your smile is an important component of the impression you make on people. It affects your self-esteem and can boost or hinder your social and professional life.
Dental veneers are truly life changing, covering chips, cracks, stains, gaps, and even minor alignment problems.
At Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA, we offer two types of veneers that will give you a smile you’ll want to show off at every opportunity. Call our office at 509-591-0515 to schedule the consultation that will transform your smile.
A Hollywood Creation
The original tooth veneers were created around 1930 by Charles Pincus, a dentist working in California. Movie stars of the period tended to not have the healthiest or best-looking teeth, which was a problem for those close-ups on the silver screen. So Dr. Pincus came up with the idea of temporary veneers for actors to wear while filming. Once the shoot was finished, they would come right off.
Have you ever noticed that in her childhood movies, Shirley Temple always had a straight, perfect, and complete smile — none of the missing or partially grown-in teeth that all kids have at some point? No, she wasn’t a freak of nature. She had Dr. Pincus’s veneers to thank for her unnaturally whole grin.
Despite their early origins, it took many decades for techniques and technology to advance to the point that dental veneers could be made into a practical option for regular people. In 1982, researchers found a way to etch porcelain veneers with hydrofluoric acid. This turned the procedure from a temporary fix into a potentially permanent solution for myriad dental flaws.
A Dental Multitasker
A veneer is, in essence, a facade for a tooth. It is an extremely thin shell that covers the entire front. You can get a single veneer for one problematic tooth, you can get an entire mouthful, or you can get something in between. It depends on your needs and what you want your smile to look like. A dental veneer easily hides a variety of flaws and blemishes:
- Discoloration, including stains (like those caused by medications) not helped by chemical whitening or bleaching
- Gaps between the teeth
- Minor crookedness or alignment issues
- Small cosmetic chips, gaps, bulges, and craters
- General wear and tear
While dental veneers are usually considered cosmetic, they also help add strength and resilience to the teeth.
Porcelain Is the Standard
Porcelain is a popular material for constructing veneers. If you choose this option, Dr. Hadley will take precise impressions of your teeth, and your veneers will be custom-crafted for you at an outside lab. Once Dr. Hadley receives them in his office, he will have you come back for another appointment. The application process is simple.
- We may need to remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to be treated. This enables the veneered teeth to fit in the mouth properly and not look too big.
- Dr. Hadley will make final adjustments to the restoration to ensure it’s a perfect match to your tooth size and color.
- We will prepare and etch the teeth to create a better surface for bonding.
- The veneer or veneers will be attached using a strong, permanent adhesive, which is cured or hardened using a special light.
Porcelain veneers are the most durable choice. They are less susceptible to chipping or breaking and can be expected to last up to twenty years with good care. They are also the most natural looking on your teeth.
Composite Resin Is a Beautiful Alternative
Composite resin veneers are an excellent choice if you want to fix fewer teeth and require less dramatic changes. This process is done entirely in our dental office — no outside lab is involved. Composite veneers are less expensive (though they tend to not last as long as porcelain veneers) and are less invasive, requiring less alteration of your natural tooth structure.
Dr. Hadley will apply an enamel-colored resin to your tooth layer by layer, sculpting and shaping it for a natural look. The putty-like material will be hardened with a light, refined, and polished so that it gleams just like your real teeth.