Are you the member of the family who always has a closed-mouth smile for family photos? Do you avoid photos altogether? Do you want to change the appearance of your teeth, so you can feel confident when sharing a smile during business meetings or social engagements? You’re in good company. Many of the patients we see at Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls have reported similar experiences. We’re often surprised to hear them say that they haven’t changed the appearance of their smile because it’s not something they “need,” or patients will tell us, “Cosmetic dentistry is for celebrities.” If you ask us, you deserve to have a smile that will never cause you to hesitate when sharing it. At Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls, we always treat you like a celebrity, and we can deliver affordable, effective cosmetic dentistry solutions that will keep you smiling. Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental service in our Sioux Falls office. They allow us to quickly and comfortably create a beautiful.
Who Should Consider Porcelain Veneers?
Any patient who wants to change their smile without investing in a complete smile makeover plan that can involve numerous, more advanced cosmetic and restorative services, should consider porcelain veneers. Often called instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can be used to reshape the smile. Veneers are thin sheaths crafted from high quality, stain resistant dental porcelain. Affixed to the front surfaces of teeth, porcelain veneers take damaged or flawed teeth and turn them into picture-perfect smiles. Some of the common cosmetic flaws that can be addressed with porcelain veneers include:
- Chips and cracks in teeth
- Large gaps between teeth or uneven spacing
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Deep set staining from fluorosis, certain medications, or aging that don’t lighten with traditional teeth whitening
What Happens During the Porcelain Veneers Process?
If we determine that Porcelain Veneers are the best cosmetic dentistry solution for you, you’ll need to plan for at least two treatment appointments. During your first visit, we prepare your teeth by removing a very small amount of tooth enamel from the front facing surfaces of teeth. Then, we take impressions of the prepared teeth that will be used by our lab to craft your custom veneer. Before you leave, we place a temporary veneer. This temporary restoration will protect your prepared teeth and allow you to get used to the look and feel of your veneer.
In about a week, we’ll receive the custom porcelain veneer from our lab. You’ll return at this time to exchange your temporary for the custom veneer. Once in place, we’ll examine the results with you. If you’re unhappy with the appearance for the veneer, we can make adjustments. However, we take the necessary preparation time on the front end to ensure a beautiful result.
What Should I do First?
Give Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls a call. We’ll schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to examine your teeth and help you find the right cosmetic service to create your dream smile. Some of the decisions we’ll help you make at this time include:
- Whether to treat the top, bottom, or both rows of teeth
- How many teeth need to receive veneers (typically just those visible when you smile)
- What color veneer will maintain a natural appearance while delivering a beautiful, bright smile