How do you feel when you look at your smile in the mirror? If you answered “great,” you have an advantage in social, professional, and romantic relationships. Studies have shown that a beautiful smile can boost your confidence and cause others to think more favorably of you. In the past, this was a matter of fate; if a person didn’t like his or her natural smile, there were few options aside from extracting teeth. Thankfully, modern dental technology has given us a better solution: porcelain veneers.
Minimal tooth preparation is needed to place veneers, making them one of the most versatile procedures available. A small amount of enamel may be removed, to ensure the veneers don’t feel or look bulky. Although the tooth structure remains essentially intact, it is completely hidden behind a wafer-thin layer of porcelain. You can have the appearance of a brand new smile, without ever having a tooth pulled!
Most adults with healthy teeth are excellent candidates for veneers. If your teeth are badly damaged, decayed, or weakened, crowns may be a better choice. In some cases, a combination of crowns and veneers may be used. If you have gum disease, it will need to be addressed. Besides endangering your overall health, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Great oral health is the key to keeping your new smile dazzling!
Veneers are often called instant orthodontics, because they can correct the appearance of crooked teeth in just two or three weeks. However, they are not always a better option than braces. Dr. Clint Bruyere offers Six Month Smiles, which straightens teeth in months, not years. They are clear braces with tooth-colored wires, eliminating the embarrassment of metal. With this convenient, discreet option, some people prefer braces. Additionally, veneers cannot cover badly protruding teeth, because too much tooth structure would be removed.
If a single tooth or only a few teeth are being treated, the veneers will be colored to match your existing teeth. When all of the visible teeth are covered with veneers or crowns, you can choose the shade of your smile. Most stains (even tetracycline) can be erased with KöR deep bleaching. However, if your teeth are naturally dark, or you want and ultra-white “Hollywood smile”, veneers are a great solution.
Call (903) 708-6116 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruyere – and prepare to be dazzled by that smile in your mirror!