If your chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth are impacting your self-confidence, Dr. Andy Mueller of Brooklyn Avenue Dental can help. Dr. Andy can morph crooked and discolored teeth into an aesthetically pleasing smile using techniques like veneers. This particular cosmetic dental procedure is ideal if you have good oral health or have minor issues with your teeth. If you live in the Seattle, Washington, area, call Brooklyn Avenue Dental or make an appointment online to see how veneers can change your life.
A veneer is a thin cover made of porcelain or resin composite that is applied to your tooth to alter its appearance and improve your smile. Using veneers, Dr. Andy can improve specific elements of your smile, including the length, size, color, and shape of your teeth.
Typically, you'll need to see Dr. Andy a few times during the veneer process. The first visit is for the consultation, where Dr. Andy makes sure that you’re a good candidate for veneers.
Your second visit prepares your teeth for the veneer, which involves removing a small amount of your enamel. Doing so ensures the veneer can be attached later. During this visit, Dr. Andy also identifies the shade that will allow your veneers to blend in perfectly with your natural smile and creates a model of your teeth.
After the customized veneer is made, it’s time to see Dr. Andy so that he can place your veneer using dental cement.
Although veneers look like natural teeth and can correct a variety of issues, those with active gum disease aren't eligible. If you grind or clench your teeth or have decay, this isn't the ideal option for you because this might damage your veneers.
You can expect a dental veneer to last between 7-15 years, after which it must be replaced. Your veneers will last longer if you take care of them and practice good oral hygiene.
You take care of a dental veneer the same way you would take care of your natural teeth: You must brush and floss as usual and receive routine dental examinations.
If you aren’t a good candidate for veneers or want to explore other options, Dr. Andy may recommend a crown or a filling. Crowns are ideal for severely damaged teeth or ones that have had a root canal. A filling works best for teeth that only require a small repair.