Mesa area dentist describes porcelain veneers
Over a lifetime, patients in the Mesa area may notice their teeth begin to collect stains, develop cracks, and look less than beautiful. Even with careful brushing and flossing, patients may continue to experience problems with their smile—or perhaps they were born with imperfections that make them feel embarrassed about the way they look. When patients come to Dr. Edward Fritz and the team of New Health Dental wanting to disguise these concerns, they may be introduced to porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are restorative, cosmetic treatments that can cover unsightly teeth to maintain a beautiful smile. They are used to cover the front surface of the natural teeth. They are made to match the color and shape of the existing teeth to integrate into the smile in an aesthetic manner. Porcelain veneers do not cover the entire tooth. In situations where patients are dealing with severely damaged teeth, they may be better suited for dental crowns, which cover the entire tooth for protection and strength.
Porcelain veneers are chosen for many smile makeovers because of their versatility. Veneers can cover teeth that are stained, chipped, broken, crooked, or misaligned. They can also be used to disguise spaces between the teeth to avoid the need for orthodontics. Porcelain veneers are advantageous over alternative solutions as they can cover a myriad of problems in just two appointments.
Patients must visit Dr. Edward Fritz of New Health Dental for a consultation to discuss candidacy for porcelain veneers. Patients with imperfections who have otherwise healthy teeth may be best suited for this manner of covering imperfections. Patients who have bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth during the day or night) may not be the best candidates unless they use a dental appliance to protect their veneers from damage. Good oral health and a smile free from periodontal disease are also needed.
The process takes a few weeks. Patients have their natural teeth prepared with the removal of a thin portion of enamel before impressions are made. These are sent to a ceramist who develops the veneers and sends them to the dental office for placement.