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What are Veneers?

Veneers, also known as porcelain veneers are thin pieces of custom made porcelain that match the natural color of the teeth and are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance of the mouth, teeth and smile. Most people consider veneers to be as a less invasive option than crowns or bridges. The Hillside Smile Dental Care offers veneers made commonly from porcelain or resin composite material and we provide detailed feedback on which is more suitable dependent on patient condition.

Veneers are most commonly used to treat teeth that are discolored, stained, chipped or broken, and teeth that have gaps between or small misalignment. Veneers are a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of the teeth and to give off a straighter smile and are most commonly known to be chosen by celebrities as a cosmetic solution to discoloration or chips of the teeth.

What is the procedure available for placing Veneers at The Hillside Smile Dental Care?

Before deciding to opt for veneers, we at The Hillside Smile Dental Care informs patients that veneers are an irreversible treatment option therefore we prioritize in discussing any limitations and possible consequences of having veneers with our patients. Due to a lasting period of 10 to 20 years, we at Smile Dental Care prefer to utilize veneers made from porcelain to correct the shape and color of the teeth.

The process involved in placing veneers is relatively simple and requires two to three dental visits; one for consultation and one or two visits to make and apply the veneers with use of a local anesthesia not necessary except with pain-sensitive patients. We encourage a one on one discussion between the patient and dentist to ensure reasons behind wanting veneers and whether or not dental veneers are appropriate for you. With regards to dental veneers, we provide our patients with detailed information of the potential benefits and drawbacks of having veneers placed. Preparation of the tooth for a veneer requires the dentist to remove a small amount of the enamel from the surface of the tooth to place the veneer. Dental x-rays and model or impressions of the mouth and teeth are also taken to obtain accurate measurements for a better fit with these impressions being sent to a dental laboratory for construction. However, before permanently placing a veneer, a temporary veneer is placed to determine whether the color and shape is a fit for the tooth. With the veneer being a compatible fit for the tooth, it is etched and rinsed with water and placed on the tooth using special cement. The veneer is positioned under a light beam to cure all surfaces and fully attach to the surface of the tooth followed by removal of excess material and polishing of the veneer. Having undergone this procedure, patients are scheduled for follow-up visits with their practicing dentists to examine the functioning and comfort of the veneers and to discuss any of the underlying issues they may have.

We highly encourage patients to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing their teeth on a regular basis to ensure continued health of the teeth and gums to avoid any onset of dental issues. A beautiful smile makes us feel great and we dedicate our time in increasing both the confidence and well-being of our patients.