Cosmetic Dentistry (Veneers)
Cosmetic Dentistry (Veneers):
At City Dental, we are happy to give you the smile you always wanted! There are many options available to help you achieve this goal and our dentists are always happy to discuss them with you. Typically, treatment options consist of porcelain veneers, replacing old fillings with newer and whiter ones, orthodontics, and in-office whitening.
What are they and indications:
If you are unhappy with the size, shape, color, and/or position of your front teeth, the front aspect of your tooth can be removed and replaced with what is called a veneer. Typically, veneers are made in a dental laboratory out of porcelain, but they may also be made chair-side out of white composite filling material. Although lab-fabricated porcelain veneers are costlier compared composite veneers, they are also much more esthetic and last much longer.
Post-Operative Sensitivity: Although this is rare, your tooth may be sensitive for up to 4 weeks after having veneers placed. Most of the time, the sensitivity resolves on its own. If your sensitivity is persistent, or is waking you up at night, please do not wait and give us a call immediately, as this is a sign that you may require a root canal.
Root Canal: It is very rare, but possible that your dental nerve may become chronically inflamed after veneer placement and will need to be removed. See Root Canal Treatment for more details.
Porcelain fracture: If you grind your teeth heavily, or have habits such as nail-biting/pen chewing, the porcelain may chip/fracture and the only way to repair this is to polish the chip if it is small, or to replace the veneer with a new one.
When should I whiten my teeth?
Fillings, crowns, and veneers do not change color and cannot be whitened. If you plan to whiten your teeth, you should whiten them before placing veneers or white fillings. This way, the veneers and fillings will better match the color of your already whitened natural teeth.