Veneers Fort Smith AR
Your smile says much about you, as it is the first thing people see when they look at you. As such, it makes sense to see that you have a gorgeous smile. Often, imperfections on teeth can ruin the great smile you deserve. Luckily, we have solutions to correct those imperfections and re-establish a beautiful, flawless smile. At our clinic in Fort Smith, AR, we use dental veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth.
At Harper Dental, we provide quality porcelain veneers that do a great job of revamping your smile aesthetic. Whether it is misshapen teeth, fractured teeth, stained teeth, or chipped teeth, you can have the issues corrected with veneers.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-fabricated tooth-like shells that serve to cover the front areas of teeth to elevate the appearance of your smile. These shells can be fabricated from porcelain or resin material. Although both porcelain and resin do work well, at our dental office, we prefer porcelain because they are touted for offering a long-lasting solution. Porcelain veneers can also be color-matched with the natural teeth, ensuring a natural-looking smile.
Who Needs Dental Veneers?
A majority of patients seeking veneers want to elevate their smile aesthetics. Unlike crowns and fillings, dental veneers are not necessarily medically required. However, they serve as a cosmetic solution. Dentists utilize them to improve a wide range of imperfections that arise over time and diminish the smile.
People needing to close gaps, fix fractures or chips, or correct discoloration will ask our dentist if veneers can work for them. Again, those needing to correct small misalignments, enhance their smile brightness, or replace old fillings may also benefit from veneer placement.
The Veneers Procedure
A few appointments may be required to have your veneers placed on the teeth. Initially, our veneer dentist conducts a consultation meeting, which is followed by two appointments for fitting the restorations. The steps involved in the procedure are:
Our dentist will have a one-on-one consultation with you. Here, we are able to learn more about the insecurity that you may have with your smile. As such, we are able to devise an individualized treatment that delivers desirable results. In the appointment, we perform a physical exam. We assess your general oral hygiene and catch any issues, such as excessive decay. These findings are crucial before mounting the veneers because they determine the longevity of the results.
We take x-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth for constructing the veneers. We utilize these impressions that work as models to help with fabricating custom-fitting dental veneers. If we discover that you have problems like gum disease, that must be treated and resolved before getting your veneers.
Prepping the Teeth
After we have decided that you can receive dental veneers, we prepare your teeth. It is a process that involves filling cavities, reshaping the teeth surfaces, and roughening the enamel for proper cement adherence.
Fitting and Bonding the Veneers
Our dentist places the veneers on the teeth and tests the color, size, and overall appearance. Once we are convinced that everything looks and feels okay, we bond the veneers onto the teeth. If adjustments are required, the veneers are taken back to the lab, and you will have them fitted at a later date.
Aftercare for Veneers
Veneer placement does not present much pain and offers little to no recovery period. You may have sore gums in the hours after the procedure. The soreness occurring in the areas where local anesthetic was applied. However, the next day, the soreness will subside. You can utilize over the counter medication if you have discomfort.
There may also be sensitivity, but that is mild and resolves in roughly two weeks; some patients may require a little more time for the sensitivity to subside. This sensitivity is due to the dentist shaving down the enamel during the procedure.
Other aftercare instructions include that you avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages. That could dislodge, damage, or crack the veneers. Also, use an antibacterial mouthwash daily, and remember to floss between your teeth.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
People receiving dental veneers realize numerous benefits, including the improved natural appearance of teeth and stain-resistant tooth restorations. Veneers mimic real teeth in structure and color. Other people are unlikely to notice you have veneers. Another benefit is that this is a minimally invasive procedure with little filing down of the enamel required. As such, the procedure is well tolerated, and the recovery takes place more smoothly.
Further, porcelain veneers can resist stains, remaining white and bright for years. Even so, it is prudent that you brush, floss, and seek regular, routine dental care so that the teeth remain in tip-top condition. One other outstanding benefit is that dental veneers can help fix various issues, ranging from cases of trauma that cause gaps, cracks, or broken teeth to replacing old fillings. They even work to mask discolorations or stained spots on teeth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Unfortunately, veneers do not last forever. They can chip or discolor, or your natural teeth may start to show because of changes in the gum line. When these issues arise, you must have your veneers replaced. Overall, the lifespan can be about seven to 10 years with proper care.
Can Anyone Receive Dental Veneers?
Although many people with tooth imperfections can receive dental veneers, there are certain cases where these restorations may not be recommended. You might be a poor candidate if you have an existing restoration that requires replacement. People with a minimal remaining tooth structure may not get veneers. As such, a full coverage restoration like a crown may be considered.
Further, people with active periodontal disease may not get veneers because the restorations will be mounted on an unstable foundation. The disease should first be managed before proceeding with porcelain veneers.
Speak with our dentist if you have dental concerns needing the application of veneers at our dental clinic in Fort Smith, AR. After evaluation, we will see if you are a candidate. Our dental office utilizes high-quality porcelain veneers to help fix the imperfections of your teeth. Contact us at Harper Dental by dialing (479) 431-0280 to book a consultation appointment.
5422 Euper Ln, Fort Smith, AR