Are you proud of your smile? Do you look at magazine models and television stars, wishing you had the same confident grin they have? If your front teeth are discolored and stained, chipped, cracked, slightly misaligned, or contain metal fillings, consider veneers. Made from thin sheaths of porcelain layered atop each other, veneers can completely cover the front of your teeth to create a perfectly shaped, dazzlingly white, and absolutely gorgeous smile. The most modern veneers look completely natural, too.
After a comprehensive exam, we will develop a cosmetic plan to help make your smile strong again. Veneers, also called laminates, are long-lasting, stain resistant, and require as few as two visits for the complete treatment. In fact, you’ll leave the first appointment with a set of temporary veneers while your custom final veneers are being crafted at a lab.
To see what your smile would look like with veneers, we recommend you review our before and after cases, request a diagnostic wax-up, or ask us about digital imaging, a computer program that will create an image of you with your new veneers. These tools can help you decide if veneers would be a good choice for your smile. Because we custom craft each patient’s veneers, you can choose the shape, color, and style that best compliments your appearance and the image you want to achieve.
Dental care for veneers is no different from regular dental care. Clean and floss your new smile daily, visit us regularly for professional care and maintenance, and consider wearing a nightguard to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. With this routine, your veneers should last 20 years or more. If you’re ready for a smile that can boost your self-confidence and enhance your image, ask us about veneers today.
Preparing to receive veneers in Moses Lake should be a careful decision you make for your smile. Because they are permanent, it’s important that you have all the information you need to feel confident in your choice to transform your smile using these thin sheaths of porcelain, which is why Dr. Harder and his team at Moses Lake Family Dentistry are here to answer your questions. Below is a list that consists of inquiries by previous patients who achieved success with veneers. If you are interested in learning more and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
While waiting to receive your finalized veneers, you’ll need to avoid eating ice, raw fruits and vegetables, and candy, as this can break your temporary veneers and cause potential problems for your natural teeth, too. You’ll also want to stay away from sticky foods that can cause your veneers to pull away from your teeth and pop off. While wearing your temporary veneers, it’s best to limit or avoid dark-colored beverages as well because of the increased chance for staining. Once your permanent veneers are put into place, you can return to eating most of your favorite foods; however, you’ll still want to be mindful of hard or crunchy items as well as those that are darkly pigmented. It is also advised that you limit your alcohol consumption to keep the bonding agent from weakening and avoid hot or cold foods and beverages if your teeth are sensitive.
Because veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment designed to improve aesthetics, they will not change the actual placement or position of your teeth or jaw. Ultimately, their ability to improve your bite can only be determined based on how severe your bite problem is. If it is mild, they may help your teeth to appear longer and wider, allowing them to line up more appropriately. Veneers are a great solution to help hide minor gaps between your teeth, but if you’re expecting them to be recommended for a bite alignment issue, this will only happen if we believe your bite will not cause major issues to your oral health. If you require an orthodontic procedure to correct your bite, you’ll need to wait until you are finished before receiving veneers.
Veneers are not porous like traditional tooth enamel, which is why it is impossible to whiten them. Even if they are stained, the only way to achieve a brighter, whiter smile is to have them replaced or shaded. If you opt to have your teeth whitened anyway, the products will affect your natural teeth underneath, but it can cause an uneven appearance if you’re not careful. Should you prefer to have both teeth whitening and veneers, it’s best to start with whitening your smile. This will allow our team to better match your veneers to the brighter color of your teeth.
In most cases, dental insurance will not agree to cover veneer placement. The reason for this is that it is a cosmetic procedure that is not deemed “medically necessary.” However, should your insurance believe these unique restorations do qualify, you may be able to maximize your benefits with the help of our team. You and your cosmetic dentist in Moses Lake would need to determine the medical necessity behind your veneers in order for this to happen; however, even if dental insurance will not agree to help, there are alternative ways to pay for this type of elective treatment and keep it affordable (i.e., financing).