Consider veneers if you want to improve the appearance of your smile. At Cottage Grove Dental Care in Marion, Iowa, general, cosmetic, and Invisalign dentists Connie A. Miller, DDS, Matthew Sieverding, DDS, and the team use veneers to cover minor oral imperfections and transform smiles. To request a veneer consultation, call the office or book online today.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that the Cottage Grove Dental Care team bonds to the front of your permanent teeth. Once placed, they mask cosmetic imperfections that don’t respond to other types of treatment.
At Cottage Grove Dental Care, the team uses veneers to fix various cosmetic issues, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have pointy or unusually shaped teeth.
To get veneers, you need to have all of your permanent teeth and healthy gums. If you have alignment issues, like crooked teeth, the team first prescribes orthodontic treatment. Likewise, if you have gum disease, they prescribe periodontal treatment.
At Cottage Grove Dental Care, getting veneers takes two visits about a week apart.
During your initial consultation, the team completes an oral exam, takes digital X-rays, and asks about your goals. If everything looks good, your provider moves forward with treatment. They numb your mouth with an anesthetic and remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, getting a veneer.
Your provider takes impressions of your teeth after removing the enamel. Then, they bond temporary veneers to your teeth so you can continue biting and chewing. Last, your provider sends your impressions to a dental lab that creates a custom set of dental veneers.
When the veneers are finished, you return to Cottage Grove Dental Care about two weeks later. The team removes your temporary veneers and replaces them with permanent ones. Then, they check your bite and provide care instructions.
Veneers last 10-12 years* on average, but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing good oral hygiene. The Cottage Grove Dental Care team recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for preventive teeth cleaning.
You can prevent veneer damage by avoiding bad habits, like nail-biting, and wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports.
Learn more about veneers at Cottage Grove Dental Care. To request a consultation, call the office and speak with a staff member or book online today.
*Individual results may vary.