Dental Specialist Group
American Board Certified Prosthodontist, Endodontist, and Oral Medicine Specialist
Dental veneers are one of the quickest ways to improve your smile and repair or strengthen damaged teeth. At Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics in New Britain, Pennsylvania, Hai Qing, DMD, plans your veneers, then gives you the chance to preview your new teeth before deciding to have the procedure. If you have questions about veneers and whether you’re a good candidate, call the office or use the convenient online booking feature to schedule an appointment.
A dental veneer is a thin shell designed to cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers hide many cosmetic problems, and they’re strong enough to restore mild-to-moderate damage in your teeth.
Your veneer may be made from composite resin. However, porcelain is preferred because it more closely resembles natural teeth, resists staining, and is stronger than composite resin.
Dr. Qing may recommend veneers to:
If your teeth are only mildly crooked, you can also use veneers to hide orthodontic problems without resorting to braces.
Getting veneers usually takes two office visits. At your first visit, Dr. Qing examines your teeth to be sure you don’t have dental problems that should be repaired before applying the veneers.
Dr. Qing uses the most conservative techniques to preserve as much of the tooth’s natural structure as possible. He also uses cutting-edge techniques to design and perform veneer procedures.
You’ll have several opportunities to review your planned smile and see what your new veneers will look like before deciding to move forward with the procedure. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting and what it will cost you in terms of time, tooth structure loss, and finances.
After you approve the plan, Dr. Qing prepares your teeth by removing just enough enamel to create space for the veneers. However, some types of veneers are so thin, he doesn’t need to take away any enamel. Then he makes an impression of your teeth that’s used to make your veneers.
You wear temporary veneers while you wait for the permanent ones to be produced. When the new veneers are ready, you go back into the office to have them attached to your teeth.
Porcelain veneers can last for decades if you take care of them with good oral hygiene. In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, don’t chew on hard food or objects. Like your natural teeth, veneers can chip or crack, and then you need to come back in for a replacement.
If you notice that a veneer is damaged, schedule an appointment for a checkup. A small crack or chip can let food particles and bacteria get under the veneer and cause tooth decay.
To improve your smile with veneers, call Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics or book an appointment online.