Dental veneers are a well-known cosmetic treatment used at our dental office in Denver, CO. If you're new to dental veneers, you likely have questions about the procedure. Today, Dr. O'Grady answers a Dental Veneers FAQ to help patients decide whether or not this treatment is best for them.
Veneers are small, sturdy porcelain pieces that are glued to the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance.
Ask your cosmetic dentist in Denver, CO, which treatment is best for you. Cosmetic bonding is an ideal alternative if the desired improvements are minimal and the teeth work properly. If your teeth are misshaped, discolored, or missing, porcelain veneers may be the better choice.
The number of porcelain veneers depends on your smile goals. A consultation with Dr. O'Grady is required before starting treatment. Typically, patients will get a range of veneers. Most Denver dentists will recommend anywhere from two to twelve.
When we settle on the look of the veneers, it will take 2-3 weeks apart to plan the teeth and then seal the veneers.
Our friend Dr. Wade, a cosmetic dentist in Pinellas Park, FL, agrees that veneers will last ten or more years without chipping or cracking. If they're well cared for, they will last a lot longer. It is possible for veneers to have complications earlier if the teeth are not preserved. Professional washing every six months and annual examinations are widely recommended.
One of the benefits of veneers is that there's no extra maintenance required. Just brush twice every day for two minutes long, like you already do. Floss, and wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth. Dr. O'Grady recommends investing in an electric toothbrush if you have a hard time brushing your teeth for the full two minutes.
Veneers are not usually covered by dental insurers. If a tooth is lost, it also has a veneer, crown, or broad lining. The use of a porcelain crown or veneers may be covered. If you want to get veneers for aesthetic reasons but don't want to pay out of pocket, we do offer a dental membership plan for residents in Denver, CO. Contact OG Dental if you have any questions.
Patients are usually numb for the veneering process. During the procedure, no pain should occur once the numbness has taken effect. In smaller cases (two or four veneers), there will be very little or no discomfort after the numbness subsides. Patients should expect some gum pain and possibly jaw pain in cases involving eight or more veneers. The soreness can be relieved with counter-medications. If you have anxiety about undergoing a dental service, Dr. O'Grady may recommend sedation dentistry in Denver, CO.
Now that we've answered the Dental Veneers FAQ, you can hopefully decide whether or not veneers are for you. If you're unsure or want to start the veneers process, please contact OG Dental today. Dr. O'Grady will see you for a consultation and recommend a treatment plan. Our team is excited to have you! Give us a call today.