At Smile Studio, we know that your smile is important to you. It’s often the first thing people notice when meeting us, and we definitely want to make a good impression! It goes without saying that your smile is worth investing in.
But when it comes to veneers, there’s so much to consider. What even are they? Are they right for me? How do I take care of them? Do I have to have any work done before getting veneers?
We want you to feel comfortable with your decisions regarding your orthodontic health. That’s why we’ve asked Dr. White to sit down with us and lay out everything you need to know before getting veneers.
What are they?
A veneer is a thin layer of material, generally porcelain or ceramic, laid over the teeth.
Here at the Smile Studio, we custom-make each veneer to blend seamlessly with your maxillofacial system (that is, your teeth, jaws, and surrounding facial structures).
Your veneers will respond to light just as your natural teeth would. Additionally, they have a bit of a leg up on your natural tooth enamel, as they won’t discolor and wear over time.
Are they right for me?
Veneers are great for plenty of patients! Veneers are a perfect fit if you suffer from one or more of the following issues:
- discolored or stained teeth
- chipped, broken, or worn-down teeth
- crooked, uneven, misaligned, or irregularly-shaped teeth
- gaps between the teeth
Veneers are an aesthetic treatment and require that the underlying health of your teeth and gums be acceptable to be appropriate. If you suffer from issues such as excessive cavities, gum diseases such as gingivitis, or broken teeth, you will need to address these issues first.
Luckily, Dr. White and Dr. Carter were certified by numerous professional organizations to treat these issues! Once your tooth and gum are in good shape, you will become an excellent candidate for veneers.
How Can They Help?
Whether Dr. White recommends porcelain or composite veneers, your veneers will provide numerous benefits. Not only are they great for taking care of chipped or discolored teeth, but they’re also very effective treatments if your teeth are uneven or too small. And they will appear entirely natural!
The aesthetics of your smile are important, and at Smile Studio, we want you to feel empowered to imagine the smile you want!
Not only that, but your veneers will serve as an extra line of protection for your teeth from the harmful bacteria that leads to tooth decay. However, it’s still essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene with your veneers. That leads us to…
Taking Care of Your Veneers.
When it comes to making sure your veneers stay in great shape, there’s nothing to it!
Well, not nothing. But you won’t have to do anything more than you would typically do to maintain your dental health. That means brushing and flossing regularly and correctly!
Brushing and Flossing
The American Dental Association recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle for at least two minutes. Be sure to brush vigorously enough to penetrate the nooks and crannies of the teeth and reach the gum line, but not so aggressively that you find you’re experiencing discomfort.
Flossing is important! The American Dental Hygiene Association tells us to guide floss between the teeth in a zig-zag motion. Be sure and wrap the floss around the teeth, and slide the floss up and down the tooth and to the gum line.
Come by and see us!
Another tool in a successful oral hygiene program’s toolkit is regular dentist visits! Dr. White and Dr. Carter love their work, and they’re always happy to see their patients thriving, so don’t be a stranger!
You should plan on making a regular schedule of twice-yearly check-ups to ensure that your veneers are in great shape.
Any more Questions? Give us a call!
At Smile Studio of Zachary, we’re passionate about serving the people of the greater Baton Rouge area. Part of that service means leaving you feeling like you know exactly what your options are regarding orthodontic care. We know we can’t think of everything you might have questions about, so give us a call! Consultations are always free, and we’re always pleased to hear from our fellow Cajuns!
We can’t wait to hear from you!