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Discussing Veneers with Your Cosmetic Dentist

Discussing Veneers with Your Cosmetic Dentist
Posted on 10/23/2019

Dental veneers are not something new. In fact, the first veneers were not surprisingly invented within the movie industry during the 1920s, to change the look of the actor's teeth. Naturally, veneers have changed a lot since then, with more modern methods becoming popular toward the 1980s moving forward.

Just What Are Veneers?

Veneers are versatile in that they can enhance one tooth or a whole smile. They are comprised of either composite resin or ceramics adhered to natural teeth to make a thin covering. Veneers can offer a brighter, whiter smile by masking stained teeth, or those damaged by injury or root canals. They can also repair chips, and fill-in gaps leaving an overall pleasant smile.

Veneers can be applied by a cosmetic dentist, generally without anesthesia. They can last for many years without requiring any repairs or replacements.

Why Consider Veneers?

There are a variety of signs someone could benefit from and may want to consider veneers. At the top of the list, is they are just not happy with their smile. There is a big difference between veneers, before and after. Some problems veneers can correct include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth – Many people experience chipped or broken teeth be it from a childhood accident, or some other injury or illness later in life. Crowning a chipped tooth used to be the way to protect it. But these days, chips or fractured teeth can be repaired with veneers and look natural while being protected.
  • Gaps between teeth – Some people have gaps between their teeth that orthodontics just cannot fix. Applying veneers can enlarge the shape of the teeth and help fill in those gaps.
  • Yellowing or browning of the teeth – Teeth yellow with age, that's just a fact. If you add in drinking coffee and/or tea, or smoking, as well as other potential staining factors, your teeth are not as white as they used to be. If whitening products have not worked, veneers are a definite consideration.
  • Unusually shaped teeth – Perhaps you have never been happy with the shape of your teeth. Veneers can change that to a look you'd rather see in your smile.

Deciding if Veneers are Right for You

For consideration of veneers, contact our office in Diamond Bar with any questions you may have. First and foremost, consider the things you would most like to change about your smile. On your first visit, be prepared to tell our staff about those changes you would like to see.

During a routine examination, one of our dentists will check to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. These are a necessity for consideration of veneers. He will also check to see if you have a good coating of tooth enamel, as some of it will need to be removed, or roughed, for veneer placement.

We will discuss your practice of dental hygiene with you. If you routinely brush your teeth two to three times daily and floss once a day, veneers may be a good fit for you.

If you grind your teeth at night or clutch your teeth frequently, you may or may not be a good candidate for veneers. You may additionally need a sleep guard to prevent your teeth from further damage. Please discuss this with our dentist.

Every year an increasing amount of adults are having one or more teeth covered with veneers. It is a fairly easy and painless procedure which, depending upon the method of veneering, may take one or a few office visits. Drs. Michael & Brent Furumoto each have years of experience not only in general dentistry but in cosmetic dentistry, applying veneers to the teeth of many of our patients.

Ready to have a happier, healthier smile? Schedule an appointment with us today!