Veneers are thin tooth-like shells that, when bonded to your teeth, mask the cosmetic imperfections that lie underneath. These aesthetic tooth-colored porcelain shells are incredibly versatile because we can craft them to look however you want.
Veneers improve tooth stains, gaps, misaligned teeth, and minor tooth fractures, or change the shape and size of your teeth altogether. Contact us at Be More Dental today to schedule a consultation.
People with whiter smiles are perceived as more competent due to the halo effect.
Our cosmetic dentists in Baltimore will examine your teeth to look for signs of oral health problems and assess the severity of your cosmetic imperfections to help you determine if veneers are right for you.
Veneers are too thick to bond directly to the teeth without them sticking out, so we need to remove .5 mm (the thickness of the veneer) from your enamel to create enough space for the veneer to fit properly.
After filing down your teeth, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental lab. We will also use a shade guide to match your veneers to your natural teeth.
The outside dental lab uses your impressions to fabricate custom veneers that align with your cosmetic goals and are based on your bite alignment. You will receive temporary veneers until your official ones are ready.
At your second appointment, we will check the fit of your veneers and if you’re pleased with them, they will be bonded to your teeth with dental cement.
The veneer placement process doesn’t require major oral surgery. Rather, the process is minimally invasive, painless, and only takes 2 appointments to complete – leaving you with lasting results that don’t need to be replaced for another 15 years.
Porcelain is a material that is naturally resistant to stains. This means your veneers are less likely to become discolored than your natural teeth. We can also create a lasting whitening boost by selecting a lighter shade of veneers than your natural teeth.
Unlike teeth whitening, you won’t need to return for maintenance whitening as often as every 6 months.
Not only do veneers correct any cosmetic problems you have with your teeth, but they enhance your overall smile and bring out other positive facial attributes. Veneers are fabricated to look as natural as possible and are shade-matched to your natural teeth so they don’t look artificial. When you have white, straight, and uniform teeth, this can make you appear younger.
Let’s face it, we place a lot of importance on our smile and how we look. It’s hard to feel good about ourselves on the inside when we’re constantly thinking about what we look like on the outside. By investing in your smile, you improve your oral health and hygiene and will be more enthusiastic about life. Feeling good in your own skin is just as important as having healthy teeth.
Veneers strengthen your teeth by replacing the missing enamel through bonding.
If your teeth are strong and free of damage or oral health problems but you want to improve the aesthetics of your smile, veneers are a great option for you. We don’t recommend veneers for patients who have thin enamel, severe tooth damage, patients who grind their teeth, or patients with severe orthodontic problems. Patients with active tooth decay or gum disease need to get these problems treated first.
Veneers are durable and last for many years, but they need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. While veneers themselves don’t last forever, the change to your enamel is permanent. When we file down your tooth enamel to create enough space to blend in the veneers, your enamel will never grow back. Going forward, you need to keep replacing your veneers to protect the thin enamel of your teeth.
Veneers can also be made out of composite resin.