A great smile is the key to opening many doors, both professionally and personally, and dental veneers are a simple way to restore and improve damaged teeth. As a top-rated cosmetic dentist in Bellevue, Washington, Bill Gilbert DDS offers veneers to patients suffering from discolored, chipped, cracked, or misshaped teeth. Call or go online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilbert and learn more about smile restoration with veneers.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain or composite tiles placed on the front of the teeth. They cover problems with the teeth that impact your smile, such as discoloration, cracks, chips, and improper shape. Among their many benefits, veneers:
Both veneers and bonding can restore your smile, and which procedure is best depends on your personal needs. Veneers provide an alternative to bonding, which involves applying a tooth-colored resin to chipped or broken parts of your teeth. Bonding won’t benefit a significantly damaged tooth, and it is also less durable and stain-resistant than veneers. Dr. Gilbert recommends veneers to patients who are looking for a longer-lasting and stronger solution to their smile concerns.
To apply veneers, Dr. Gilbert removes a small amount of your original tooth enamel to create room for the veneers to fit in your mouth without affecting the tooth's natural function. After removing the enamel, Dr. Gilbert applies a small amount of light-sensitive resin to your tooth, followed by the veneer. Once the veneers are in the correct location, he uses a curing light to harden the resin, creating a permanent bond.
Veneers offer a number of cosmetic advantages. These include:
If you have chipped or broken teeth, veneers are a common option. You also can benefit from veneers if you have large gaps between your natural teeth.
Proper oral hygiene is important to maintain the look of veneers. Dr. Gilbert recommends treating them just as if they were normal teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. He suggests a non-abrasive toothpaste. Keeping regular dental appointments is also important, as this allows Dr. Gilbert and his staff to check how your mouth adjusts to the veneers.
Most patients have two visits to Dr. Gilbert's office for veneers, and the procedures are not painful. The first visit allows Dr. Gilbert to prep your teeth and take a mold to send to the lab to create your veneers. The second step is the application visit. To prevent discomfort while preparing your tooth for veneers, Dr. Gilbert uses a local anesthetic.