When it comes to beautifying your smile, Kooning Family Dentistry has you covered! We offer a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures that can spruce up a smile that has seen better days. Probably the most impressive results come in the form of dental veneers. With veneers we can alter your smile in virtually any way you want to give you the smile you have always dreamed of.
What are dental veneers?Dental veneers are thin strips of porcelain that we place over your teeth. They cover the front, sides, and a portion of the back of the teeth. Porcelain is used in many different dental restorations due to its brilliant ability to mimic the aesthetic of real teeth. Porcelain doesn’t stain and can maintain its brilliant, white luster for years.
What issues can veneers solve?Veneers are remarkably useful at solving just about any issue you may have with your smile. For one thing, you can count on veneers to brighten your smile, they are always able to bring teeth back to vibrancy. We can also fix any kind of tooth spacing issues you may have. Teeth too close together, too far apart, or even crooked? Veneers can sort out all those issues. They are even able to change the size and shape of teeth, and hide cosmetic issues like cracks or chips.
The ProcedureThe procedure to have veneers placed unusually take two trips to our office to complete. During the first visit we will prepare your teeth to receive them by removing the outer layer of enamel from your teeth. We do this to ensure the veneers look natural and not too large on your teeth. Once we have finished the prep work we can take some impressions of the teeth that will be receiving the veneers. We will send the impressions to our dental lab so that they can craft them out of porcelain using highly skilled porcelain artists.
Once we have the impressions of your teeth your first visit will be concluded. Once it’s time for the second visit we will have received the veneers from the dental lab and will be able to place them on your teeth using a permanent dental cement.
Caring for Your VeneersIt’s important to note that you must take care of your veneers if you want them to last you a long time. Be cautious not to use your teeth to open up packaging, or chew on hard things like ice—these activities can damage your veneers and your natural teeth alike. Brushing twice a day and flossing once is important to keep your veneers looking good. Remember, your natural teeth need to be taken care of if you want your veneers to continue looking good.
It can take a while to get used to the feel of new veneers. If your new veneers still feel strange after 2 weeks of getting used to them, call us at (503) 673-9097 to schedule an appointment. Occasionally we will need to remove more of the tooth to ensure they don’t bulge and feel "right."