When Annapolis, MD, dental patients want a glowing smile as beautiful as natural teeth, we recommend veneers. Veneers fill gaps between teeth, cover the front of discolored or worn down teeth, hide chipped teeth, and fix broken or uneven teeth. Guard Your Smile Dentistry can help you recover your smile and regain confidence with high-quality dental veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers provide your natural teeth with a thin cover made of porcelain or resin. Besides straightening your smile, veneers offer a permanent solution to dental issues like small, missing, or crooked teeth. Patients with veneers enjoy regular oral health routines like brushing and flossing without the extra steps required for partial or full dentures.
Benefits of dental veneers include:
- A non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure
- No future issues with plaque build-up or tooth decay
- Little to no gum irritation after the procedure
- High resistance to common tooth-staining materials
- Various tooth color selections are available
- A custom fit that perfectly mimics your natural teeth
The Veneer Procedure
Regardless of the types of veneers available, the process begins with the same dental preparations. First, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them off to have your veneers custom-made for your mouth. Depending on the type of veneers you choose, this may happen during an initial appointment or as part of the complete process.
To properly apply your veneers, we’ll remove some of your natural tooth structure and brush your teeth with a coating of adhesive cement. We then place the veneers over your teeth and use ultraviolet light to cure the cement. Once the cement cures, your veneers become a permanent structure in your mouth.
What Types of Veneers Are Available?
Guard Your Smile Dentistry offers multiple types of veneers because no two patients have the same smile.
If you opt for porcelain veneers, an off-site dental laboratory will fabricate them based on your tooth impressions. While you wait, Guard Your Smile Dentistry provides temporary veneers so you can get used to your new smile while waiting for your permanent ones. Upon arrival, your new porcelain veneers replace your temporary ones and create a beautiful, low-maintenance smile.
Veneers made of composite resin require less downtime between your preparation and the final result. Guard Your Smile Dentistry crafts your veneers on-site, requiring no need for temporary veneers, then applies your veneers during the same appointment. If needed, we can apply more composite to fit your teeth correctly.
Although porcelain veneers last longer, patients with a more limited budget benefit from resin veneers.
Do Veneers Hurt?
Veneer installation rarely requires pain management during the procedure, though patients with low pain tolerance or high anxiety may feel more comfortable with a local anesthetic. After placement, you may experience up to two weeks of discomfort or tooth sensitivity as your natural teeth heal under your veneers. If you feel pain or discomfort beyond two weeks, contact Guard Your Smile Dentistry.
If you’re ready to take back your confidence with a beautiful smile, call (410) 268-5751 to schedule a consultation with Guard Your Smile Dentistry to learn more about dental veneers.