Do you hesitate to smile because you have a small gap between your front teeth? Even if you have perfectly aligned teeth, you could have a chip or a crack in one of your front-facing teeth or a discolored tooth that makes you feel self-conscious. Whatever your reason for wanting to improve your smile, dental veneers in Woodbury, Minnesota are a simple and permanent solution.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A veneer is an extremely thin piece of porcelain that Dr. Erlandson or Dr. Roehrich attaches to your tooth using dental cement and a curing light. The veneer is similar in color and texture to your natural teeth to ensure that it blends in seamlessly without anyone noticing. Veneers are a popular choice in cosmetic dentistry for people who just want to treat one small area and do not necessarily need a total smile makeover.
What to Expect When Getting a Veneer at Woodlane Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
To prevent your treated tooth from protruding further than your other teeth, your dentist will need to shave off a small amount of tooth enamel before attaching the veneer. The amount is typically less than one-eighth of a centimeter.
Once your dentist feels satisfied that he has enough room to place the veneer, the next step is to apply the dental cement that allows it to stick to the front of your tooth indefinitely. Next, he shines a curing light onto the tooth to force the dental cement to harden. The final step is to trim any loose cement on your tooth. You are now ready to show your beautiful new smile to the world.
Caring for Your New Dental Veneer
You need to be careful with your new veneer just as you would any dental restoration. Specifically, you should avoid biting into hard foods with your treated tooth and never use it for anything but eating. Keep in mind that most dental veneers last about 10 years before they require replacement. You will always need to have a veneer on the treated tooth due to the removal of tooth enamel.
Are you ready to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services in Woodbury? Please schedule an appointment with our dental practice today.