What Are Porcelain Veneers?
A fast way to conceal cosmetic concerns like chipped, gapped, or stained teeth is through custom porcelain veneers from the talented general dentists at Avon Dental Group. Dental veneers are incredibly thin restorations often made of porcelain (ceramic) that are bonded to the front of the teeth to enhance the overall look of your smile. Through this minimal-prep cosmetic dentistry solution, our dentists can modify the color, size, shape, or length of your teeth to bring balance and dramatic transformation to your appearance. If there are qualities about you smile that you would like to change, talk with our experienced team and learn if porcelain veneers can help you achieve the smile you have always desired.
Are You a Candidate?
To achieve proper balance within the smile, dental veneers are often placed in pairs or across the aesthetic zone (the portion of the mouth that is visible when you smile). Cosmetic veneers may be used to seamlessly mask a wide array of dental imperfections, including teeth that are:
- Yellow from age
- Stained from tea, coffee, or red wine
- Stained from tobacco or tetracycline
- Slightly crooked or misaligned
- Slightly gapped
- Uneven or worn
- Dark from trauma or injury
- Discolored from fillings
At Avon Dental Group, your cosmetic veneers will be custom made to fit comfortably over your teeth for an appealing and natural look. During your consultation, our dentists will listen to your concerns and expectations and help you decide if veneers are a good option for your smile. Veneers work best in a healthy environment and rely on the underlying tooth structure for solid support. Dental issues like tooth decay, gum problems, or bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) may need to be addressed first to help ensure the best possible results for your veneers procedure.
The Treatment Process
Once you have decided on your personalized treatment program with our team, we will begin the veneers process, which may take place over the course of two dental visits. During the first veneer appointment, our dentists will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. This creates proper space so that your porcelain veneers can sit evenly within your smile. A digital impression of your teeth using our iTero Element 2 scanner will then be taken, which our professional lab will use to customize your veneers to the precise shape and size. Custom color-shading will also be performed so that your new veneers blend naturally with surrounding teeth. A set of temporary veneers will be placed over your teeth and worn while your permanent restorations undergo the fabrication process. As soon as your porcelain veneers are ready, we will schedule you to come back for a second visit and have your dental veneers bonded in place. Once your veneers are bonded, we will make minor adjustments so that your veneers fit evenly and feel comfortable.
Caring for Dental Veneers
Since receiving dental veneers generally requires little-to-no anesthesia, you should be able to continue your daily tasks following your appointment. You may experience slight sensitivity to cold and hot food for a couple of days but this should fade away. Like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers should be cared for with daily brushing and flossing. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant compared to natural enamel; however, you may still wish to avoid foods and drinks that may stain your teeth to keep your smile bright. To prevent you from harming your veneers, you should not chew on hard objects, like ice, pens, or your fingernails. We will continually monitor the condition of your dental veneers during each of your dental cleaning and exam visits at Avon Dental Group.
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment and usually are not covered by dental insurance. However, our team wants to help you get the radiant smile you have always wanted. Avon Dental Group accepts no-interest financing plans through CareCredit and several other convenient payment options to help make your porcelain veneers more affordable.
A Beautiful, Confident Smile
Nothing quite compares to the confidence of a gorgeous smile. Custom porcelain veneers from Avon Dental Group are an effective cosmetic dentistry solution that conceals chips, stains, and other aesthetic flaws appearing within the aesthetic zone. If you want to make a change to your grin, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Avon, CT full-service practice today and discover your treatment options.