Thinking About Veneers? What to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist

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When a person's smile features chips, stains, and discoloration instead of pearly whites, it can cause feelings of embarrassment and a decline in one’s self-confidence. This is why many Northwest Arkansas men and women enlist the help of an experienced cosmetic dentist to restore their teeth to a more attractive condition. Porcelain veneers are a common and durable way to beautify a person’s smile and overall appearance. This customized cosmetic dental procedure utilizes wafer-thin porcelain overlays that fit over the natural teeth. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth, so stains and issues with color, shape, size, and alignment magically disappear.

Dr. Brett Cotham of All About Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Rogers, AR, is an experienced cosmetic dentist who can restore your smile to one you'll be proud to show off. Coupled with his eye for detail, Dr. Cotham and his team provide patients with long-term solutions to their dental issues. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and are considering porcelain veneers, read below as we answer some common questions about how veneers can benefit your teeth.

What common issues can veneers mend?

Veneers are a versatile type of dental restoration that can fix a range of common concerns for both men and women. While not everyone was born with the perfect smile, veneers make it possible to have the gorgeous teeth you have always wanted. Stain-resistant and durable, porcelain veneers mimic many qualities of your natural teeth.

Some of the issues Dr. Cotham typically treats include:

  • Discolored or stained teeth

  • Eroded or short teeth

  • Tiny teeth, also called microdontia

  • Superficial chips and cracks

  • Ridged or damaged enamel

  • Widely spaced teeth

  • Teeth that are crooked or twisted

Will my teeth look fake with veneers?

Thanks to advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, today's veneers are more realistic-looking than ever. Dr. Cotham offers two different materials for veneers porcelain and laminate composite. Porcelain veneers are custom-made at a dental lab. Composite veneers are made from tooth-colored resin, similar to having a tooth bonded. For Northwest Arkansas patients who choose porcelain veneers, new technology allows for natural translucency and a sheen that emulates natural teeth. The fit is snug against a patient's gums without any irritation in the mouth. Dental veneers are one of the most natural-looking improvements available for a less-than-perfect smile.

What is the first step?

The first step is to schedule a consultation at All About Smiles in Rogers, AR. During this time, Dr. Cotham will discuss the benefits and differences between custom porcelain and composite veneers, explain the procedure, and let you know what you can expect. This is your time to ask questions and discuss your aesthetic goals so reasonable expectations can be addressed. Following an examination of your mouth, including dental impressions and possibly x-rays, Dr. Cotham will determine your candidacy for dental veneers. Poor candidates for this procedure include men and women who grind or clench their teeth, as this may damage the veneers and cause them to chip or crack.

What is involved?

Depending on the type of veneer you choose, the process is relatively quick and straightforward. For Northwest Arkansas patients who opt for porcelain veneers, the entire process can usually be completed in two dentist visits. After the consultation or planning stage, Dr. Cotham will create a small, thin space where your veneers will be placed. Digital impressions and photographs are employed to help ensure a proper fit and appearance when sent to a dental lab for custom fabrication. Once the veneers are ready, patients return to the office to have their veneers permanently bonded to their teeth. For composite same-day veneers that are made chairside, you can have your new teeth in one sitting.

During the process of applying porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed so the veneer can rest seamlessly on top of the existing tooth. Once your new veneer has been bonded, it is permanent. With proper hygiene and care, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.

Are there any anticipated side effects?

Directly after bonding the veneers, it is not uncommon for some patients to experience some temperature sensitivity due to the removal of enamel from your natural teeth. Within a few weeks, this sensitivity should dissipate. Patients should return All About Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a follow-up to see if any adjustments need to be made.

What is the best way to maintain veneers?

Veneers should be cared for just like your natural teeth. Recommended care includes daily brushing, flossing, and the use of antiseptic mouthwash to maintain good oral health. Schedule and attend routine dental exams and cleanings to reduce the buildup of plaque and keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Avoid chewing on hard and sticky foods such as ice and hard candy, which can damage your veneers. Your veneers are stain-resistant, but it is best to avoid stain-causing food and drinks like coffee or tea. With proper care, your dental veneers can provide long-lasting results.

Northwest Arkansas men and women can have a smile they love. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look when you smile, veneers could be your solution. This simple dental procedure provides significant benefits in a relatively quick and painless process. Dr. Brett Cotham of All About Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Rogers, AR, works diligently to formulate a customized plan for your new smile. If you are interested in veneers and have additional questions, call us today to schedule your consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.