If you tend to hide your smile because you’re self-conscious about your imperfect teeth, it’s time to consider a cosmetic treatment like dental veneers. At Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina, Dr. Roberto Palmieri and his team can improve your appearance and self-esteem with veneers. Dr. Palmieri is an Accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an honor that only a little over 400 dentists worldwide have achieved. Contact Palmieri Dentistry today so we can make your dream smile a reality!
Sometimes called dental laminates, dental veneers are thin, artificial extensions of the front of your teeth made to fill in small gaps or cover chips.
Dr. Palmieri frequently prescribes porcelain veneers since they mirror the stain-resistance, translucency, and coloring of your natural teeth.
However, he recommends thinner resin veneers whenever keeping as much natural bone as possible is more important to you than optimizing cosmetic appeal.
Dr. Palmieri recommends dental veneers to many men and women because the treatment:
Upon prescribing dental veneers, Dr. Palmieri applies a local anesthesia to the treatment area, waits for you to confirm its numbing effect, then drills a sufficient amount of tooth enamel to make room for your new covering.
Dr. Palmieri then uses a digital scan or dental putty to make a mold of all the teeth he's treating.
Next, a lab uses that impression to cast your custom veneers, though occasionally Dr. Palmieri recommends a test set if the gaps in your teeth are significant or if your teeth are abnormally shaped.
With or without a temporary set, he makes adjustments for fit, function, and cosmetic looks before putting the finishing touches on your veneers.
Dr. Palmieri makes tiny scrapes on your treated teeth to help strengthen the bonding between the resin or porcelain, your natural enamel, and the dental cement. Before a final cleaning, he beams a special light at your veneers to cure the bond and finish.
Most men and women don’t feel a high level of pain during veneer treatments because the service is simpler than many other restorative procedures.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort, but it’s only temporary, and then you won’t feel your veneers at all (unlike with most orthodontic appliances).
The average lifespan of veneers is roughly a decade. Resin veneers don’t usually last as long as porcelain veneers, though much of it depends on your brushing, flossing, and other oral care habits.
Dr. Palmieri provides plenty of advice for keeping your veneers clean and strong for as long as possible.
If you’re eager to learn if dental veneers are the treatment you need to restore your smile, call or book an appointment online now.