When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you have imperfections that you wish would go away? At Galleria Dental, we offer porcelain veneers in Springfield as a way to give our patients the beautiful, white smile of their dreams. Plus, Dr. Tolliver can design your veneers to meet your specific needs. Keep reading to learn more about one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry options.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are designed to cover the entire front surfaces of your teeth. Once bonded, they can erase a wide range of flaws like chips, cracks, slight gaps, and more. Porcelain veneers can be custom-made to match the size, shape, and shade of your natural smile, or the grin that you’ve always wanted but never had.
If you’re wondering whether or not this treatment is right for you, the best way to know is to visit our office for a consultation. Dr. Tolliver will carefully examine your smile and the imperfections that effect it. If there are any preexisting oral health conditions like decay or gum disease, they will need to be treated before getting your veneers. Typically, candidates for this treatment will have chips, cracks, slight gaps, misshapen teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or other flaws that can be corrected by placing porcelain veneers.
After your consultation, Dr. Tolliver will prepare your teeth by removing a slight portion of the enamel to accommodate veneers. Then, we will take images and impressions of your smile, which are sent to a dental lab for the creation of your veneers. Once they have been made, you’ll come back into our office. Dr. Tolliver will ensure that you’re happy with your new smile before permanently bonding the veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth. Typically, this entire smile transformation can be completed in just 2 appointments.
Porcelain veneers have become our premier cosmetic dentistry service because of these amazing advantages:
Does it sound like you could benefit from porcelain veneers? Contact our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Tolliver.
At Galleria Dental, we can place veneers to correct years’ worth of cosmetic imperfections in your teeth and give you that perfect set of pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of. With this treatment, you can kiss chips, cracks, gaps, and stains goodbye. Before you undergo treatment, however, we want you to be as well-informed about veneers in Springfield as possible. For this reason, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions we get about veneers.
In order to ensure your veneers don’t bulge out in your smile, a tiny sliver of enamel is removed from your affected teeth. Enamel cannot regenerate, so once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Because of this, veneers are considered a permanent treatment. Although veneers can be removed at any time, your teeth will always need some kind of protection going forward, whether that be with veneers or dental crowns.
Veneers essentially function just like regular teeth, so your likelihood of developing cavities is virtually the same with or without veneers. Remember to brush and floss your veneered teeth just as you would your natural teeth, and your risk of tooth decay should remain fairly low.
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your veneers to last up to 15 or even 20 years. As mentioned above, they do not require any special care besides regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings with Dr. Tolliver every six months. It also helps to wear a custom nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep. This can help prevent your veneers from breaking. Avoid chewing on inedible items with your veneers. Lastly, wear a mouthguard during sports games or practices to avoid injury to your veneers.
Unlike braces, veneers shouldn’t affect what foods you can and can’t eat. Since your teeth may be sore for the first few days after receiving your veneers, we recommend sticking to a soft food diet at first. After that, you should be able to enjoy whatever foods you want, within reason. Some items, such as hard candies, nuts, ice, and popcorn, should be limited or avoided, as they can wreck your veneers.
We’ll make sure that your mouth is nice and numb before placing your veneers. Once the numbing medication takes effect, you shouldn’t feel a thing during the procedure. In smaller cases, like two to four veneers, there should be very little soreness after the medicine wears off. However, with larger cases that involve eight or more veneers, you can expect some discomfort for the next few days. This soreness can be alleviated by taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen.