Many of us find ourselves dissatisfied with the appearance of our smiles. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers solutions for our Lakewood patients, including dental crowns and veneers. Whether our teeth lack the desired whiteness, have irregular shapes, or have suffered damage like chipping or fractures, veneers and dental crowns can be transformative. When a simple teeth whitening treatment falls short, veneers offer a durable solution, while dental crowns can restore severely damaged teeth.

The Mechanics of Veneers:

Veneers are thin shells made from tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin. These shells are designed to cover natural teeth, providing resilience similar to tooth enamel. Not only do veneers protect teeth from harm, but they can also last for many years. Custom-made to fit the contours of the patient’s teeth, veneers are affixed to enamel in one or two in-office procedures.

The Process of Placing Veneers:
Veneer placement involves the following steps:

1. If teeth sensitivity is a concern, local anesthesia might be applied, though it is usually unnecessary.
2. The dentist cleans the tooth, determines the ideal shade, and prepares the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel.
3. An impression is taken, and a temporary veneer is placed.
4. Once the custom veneer is ready, the tooth is cleaned, the veneer is etched, rinsed, dried, and then cemented onto the tooth.
5. A curing light hardens the adhesive, securing the veneer to the tooth. The dentist polishes the veneer and removes any excess material.

Suitability of Veneers:

Veneers are an excellent choice for addressing specific aesthetic concerns in one or more teeth. However, they are not a universal solution, as they can be costly and require the removal of some natural enamel. Ideal candidates for veneers include individuals with chipped, broken, discolored, or worn teeth.

Choosing Between Veneers and Crowns:

For alignment issues or less severe discoloration, orthodontic and whitening treatments might be preferable to veneers. Extensive decay or damage may necessitate dental crowns over veneers.

Understanding Dental Crown Materials:

Dental crowns can be made from various materials. While metals and stainless steel were common in the past, we recommend porcelain crowns at Mimi Cabanban DDS due to their strength and cosmetic appeal. Porcelain offers better color matching and is suitable for those with metal allergies.

Maintaining Veneers or Crowns:

To maximize the lifespan of your veneers or crowns, practice proper care similar to that of natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are essential, and avoiding stain-inducing foods and drinks, such as coffee and red wine, can prevent discoloration.

Seek Answers About Veneers or Crowns:

If you’re considering veneers from a cosmetic dentist in the Lakewood area, you likely have questions. Reach out to us for an appointment, and we’ll provide all the information you need to plan for the smile you desire. Learn more about us on our business page, and be sure to get directions before your visit.

We take delight in seeing our patients embrace their smiles!