Most of us don’t think about smiling; it’s just a joyful, spontaneous act. But for many people, smiling is embarrassing and awkward because of cosmetic tooth flaws like broken, stained, or chipped teeth.
Instead of hiding your smile, it might be time to consider porcelain veneers to correct the cosmetic imperfections that hold you back. Dr. Matt Avrit is a cosmetic dentist who enjoys helping his patients discover their best smiles and would love to show you how veneers can help you.
Cosmetic Flaws We Fix with Porcelain Veneers
If you wonder what the possibilities are for your smile, take a look at all the cosmetic flaws we can correct with veneers:
- Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Tooth staining and discoloration
- Uneven gaps and spacing issues
- Tooth size or shape discrepancies
- Minor tooth misalignment
Since veneers are thin shells of porcelain or ceramic, Dr. Avrit bonds them to the front surfaces of the teeth we’re treating. As a result, the veneer covers the entire tooth, concealing any flaws that hide beneath it. The result is an even, seamless smile and a beautiful, polished appearance.
The Process for Getting Porcelain Veneers
Getting dental veneers typically requires two visits to our Franklin dental office.
During the first, we prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. Next, we take comfortable digital impressions that Dr. Avrit uses to create a 3-D virtual model of your teeth and place temporary veneers on your teeth.
We use the impressions to design your veneers, then send your case to a custom dental lab that prepares your veneers to our precise specifications.
When your final veneers are ready, you will return to McKay’s Mill Dental to have them checked for fit, polished, and bonded securely to your teeth.
Caring for Your New Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers have a smooth surface that repels stains, so you don't have to worry about staining from coffee or red wine. They last about 8-10 years on average but have been known to last as long as 20 years with proper care. A veneer can chip or crack, but the biggest threat is decay or gum disease threatening the underlying tooth.
- Be sure to brush at least twice a day with non-abrasive toothpaste and floss at least once.
- Stay current with dental checkups and teeth cleanings to prevent cavities and gum disease.
If you have a teeth-grinding habit, talk to your dentist about getting a nightguard to prevent damage to your veneers. Also, be aware of the types of foods you eat and stay away from crunchy or crispy foods that could chip your veneer. Don’t chew on ice, and don’t use your teeth to open packages!
Schedule with Us to Learn More about Veneers
Dr. Avrit enjoys customizing smile designs for his patients and would love to help you smile with confidence again. If you would like to see if porcelain veneers are a good solution for your dental flaws, please call our Franklin dental office to schedule an appointment.