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Thinking About Porcelain Veneers?

Updated: Apr 3


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Thinking About Porcelain Veneers?

Thinking about Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are attached to the front of the teeth. They are used to conceal a variety of dental imperfections, including chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps between teeth. They also improve the overall appearance of the smile by covering stains and hiding flaws.


How Is A Porcelain Veneer Procedure Performed?

Veneers require some preparatory work before they can be bonded to the natural teeth. Our dentist may need to prepare the existing tooth by removing a small amount of enamel. This amount depends on the thickness of the veneer. Next, Dr. Snyder will take an impression of your teeth. This is used as a blueprint to make them. Since they are custom made, they will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Once your veneers are ready, you’ll need a second visit to have them installed. When performed by a skilled dentist like  Dr. Snyder, the process is easy and pain-free. They don’t require any kind of special care – just follow your normal routine of brushing and flossing. A non-abrasive toothpaste is, however, advisable. You will also want to avoid putting any unnecessary stress on them. Things like chewing your nails or ice are a bad idea.


Is Porcelain Veneer Treatment Painful?

For the most part, the veneer process is not painful. However, patients may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods. These symptoms should resolve quickly after treatment.


During your consultation, your dentist will review the veneer process with you. He or she will also review your medical history and dental history. If any of your past dental work has increased your risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend alternative treatments.


What Types Of Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Porcelain veneers can correct a range of cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Discoloration

  • Minor chips

  • Minor misalignment

  • Slightly crooked teeth

  • Minor gaps between teeth

  • Teeth that are too small

  • Teeth that are too large

  • Teeth that are too small

  • Teeth that are too large

  • Misshapen teeth


How To Take Care Of Veneers?

Treat your veneers as you would your natural teeth. If you properly maintain your veneers, they can last for a lifetime. However, if you don’t take care of your veneers, they can become damaged and need to be replaced sooner. Veneers are quite durable, but they aren’t indestructible.


You will need to take proper care of your veneers if you want to keep them in good shape. Here are a few tips you should follow:


  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. This will help protect your teeth from decay.

  • Don’t chew on hard objects. The porcelain on your veneers is stronger than your teeth, but it’s still possible to chip them or crack them. Avoid chewing on things like ice, pens, pencils, or hard candies.

  • Be careful with your teeth grinding habits. Grinding your teeth can chip or crack your veneers. Make sure you wear a mouth guard at night if you grind your teeth.

  • See your dentist for regular dental checkups. Regular dental checkups are the best way to ensure your veneers stay in good shape. Your dentist will be able to spot any potential problems during the exam.


How Do Veneers Compare To Other Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

If your teeth are only slightly stained, teeth whitening may be the best option for you. In cases of minor damage to teeth, bonding may be the way to go. If you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or damaged on the back or sides, a crown may be necessary. Veneers are an intermediate step between bonding and a full crown.

There are a wide range of options available from an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Snyder, and she can do whatever it takes to give you the smile of your dreams.


To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque NM, Dr. Snyder, call (505)-293-7611, schedule an online consultation or visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.

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