You’ve heard the phrase, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” We know this is true, and we see it every day in our LA dental office when patients come in with injuries to their teeth. These patients never knew how free it felt to smile at will until they had damage to their teeth that caused self-consciousness.
We also believe in this phrase: “You don’t know what you’re missing.” Patients walk into our office who have never, ever felt good about their smile. They don’t know the feeling of smiling freely at all because they’ve never experienced it.
Whether genetic or circumstantial, damaged teeth are no picnic. People who live with less-than-pleasing smiles can tell you that there’s nothing worse than wondering if the person you’re talking to is more focused on what you are saying or your teeth. That’s why we take pride in our cosmetic dentistry options.
Today we want to talk about the types of damage you might see and what we can do to take care of that damage with porcelain veneers so that you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your smile anymore! Let’s get started with damage we see each and every day here at Westwood Dental Smiles.
Damaged Teeth Lead to a Self-Conscious Smile
When you feel self-conscious about your smile, you are less-likely to use it. That, to us, is a great disservice to yourself and to everyone around you! We read one another’s faces as a means of communication. If you don’t feel at ease smiling, other people will notice that! So, let’s focus on address the flaws you might see and how we can help you take care of those issues.
Genetic flaws are common. There is nothing you could have done to prevent the way your teeth turned out, but there are things we can do now to correct the flaws you see and give you the dream smile you’ve been wanting.
Misshapen Teeth – We see a lot of smiles that are uneven or the teeth are very short and stubby. We sometimes see teeth that don’t match or aren’t uniform with the rest of the smile.
Misaligned Teeth – Teeth that are too crowded, too spaced, or overlapping one another are considered misaligned teeth. Many people have these issues cared for during adolescence, but not all do.
Wear and Tear Damage
As you age, your teeth will show your age. It is a fact of life. Even with excellent care, your teeth will become damaged over time. These flaws are often nothing major, but they are have the same impact on your confidence as major genetic flaws.
Discoloration – Your teeth will stain. Some people will see a faster change in color than others because of factors like smoking or diet, but all teeth will become discolored over time. The yellowing is unattractive and will definitely make you feel self-conscious.
Chips/Cracks – It’s common for teeth to develop little nicks and chips along the edges. You might also see a crack in your tooth. We will want to make sure your tooth is safe from the risk of infection, but then it becomes a cosmetic issue that you will want fixed.
The Veneer Solutions
Every team has a superstar, and veneers are that star for cosmetic dentistry. There’s no doubt about it. All of the flaws above can be taken care of with beautiful veneers, and the results will last for many years to come. Let’s take a look at veneers and how they can help you get the smile of your dreams.
The first step is deciding that veneers are right for you. We can help you with that decision, but it isn’t something we take lightly. In order to place veneers, we have to do irreversible work to prepare your teeth. We want to make sure that you have considered all options and are comfortable with the end results.
We recommend placing veneers in an even number to help your smile stay uniform. You might choose to replace all of your teeth, or your might choose to replace two. We can help you decide what would look best in your smile so that your cosmetic work doesn’t stand out in an unattractive way.
The procedure for veneers begins with preparing your teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. We need to make room for those shells so that they don’t extend beyond the natural line of your teeth. We begin by removing a thin layer of enamel from the teeth that are being covered. We then take impressions and send them to a lab where your veneers will be crafted. In the meantime, we’ll place temporary veneers over your teeth.
When you come back to the office, we will remove the temporaries and place your permanent veneers on your teeth. We will take time to trim and perfect each veneer so that you get the exact look you were hoping for.
Once your veneers are in place, it will be up to you to care for them between your regular dental cleaning appointments. It is important that you brush twice each day and floss your teeth to protect yourself from decay and gum disease, both of which can threaten your veneers. With great care, you can expect your veneers to last for 15-20 years!
Set Up Your Consultation Today!
Are you ready to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you? Contact our office today to set up a consultation or appointment. We would love to discuss all of your options with you, so be sure to call soon. We can’t wait to help you have the smile of your dreams!