If you feel self-conscious about the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, dental veneers can transform your smile. At Q Smiles Dental, with two locations in Sleepy Hollow and Wappingers Falls, New York, general and cosmetic dentist Quho Choi, DDS, uses veneers to address various imperfections, including chips, cracks, and discoloration. To see if veneers are right for you, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.
Veneers are thin, custom-crafted shells of composite resin or porcelain bonded to your natural, permanent teeth. Some people only get one or two veneers, but most get six or eight, allowing for a balanced, attractive, and symmetrical smile.
Veneers help you achieve a brighter and healthier looking smile. Q Smiles Dental uses veneers to address various imperfections, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if your teeth are stained or discolored and don’t respond to teeth whitening.
To determine if you can benefit from veneers, Q Smiles Dental conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your goals. If you have crooked or uneven teeth, your provider might recommend undergoing orthodontic treatment first.
Q Smiles Dental then takes oral X-rays. They use your X-rays to look for signs of cavities or gum disease. If your teeth and gums are healthy, your provider develops a custom treatment plan.
Before receiving veneers, the Q Smiles Dental team prepares your teeth. To do this, your provider administers a local anesthetic and shaves a thin layer of enamel (about one millimeter) from each tooth. Your provider then takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a laboratory that creates your veneers.
About a week later, you return to Q Smiles Dental. Your provider lines up the veneers and bonds them in place. They trim any excess material, polish your teeth, and assess your bite. You leave the office with a vibrant, symmetrical smile.
Veneers typically last for 10-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan. Q Smiles Dental recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
If you play contact sports or enjoy activities like skateboarding or mountain biking, wear a mouthguard. In addition, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on pen caps, or opening objects with your teeth. To prevent chips or cracks, eat hard foods with your back teeth. If you grind your teeth during sleep, you might also benefit from a nightguard.
To achieve a balanced, symmetrical smile, request a consultation for veneers at Q Smiles Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.