While we don’t have an IKEA in Hedgesville, lots of us make the short drive over to the store in Woodbridge. We’re looking for veneers. Everyone knows when you buy a dresser at IKEA for a ridiculously low price that the cabinet isn’t made of 100% of the maple or oak or whatever other wood it espouses to be. Instead, to keep the price down, just the surface of the dresser sports the wood in a thin veneer on the top. Below is beauty-challenged particleboard! But the surface sure looks good!
At Dental Arts of Hedgesville, Dr. Smith can do the same for your damaged, badly stained, or misshapen teeth with porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front of your teeth. They are just like the walnut veneers on the IKEA dresser, only for your teeth. Veneers can mask issues such as gaps between teeth, stains that are beyond whitening (such as from tetracycline), chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and the like. Veneers with Dr. Smith can give you what appears to be a perfect smile — on the surface!
Porcelain veneers are intended as a cosmetic dental procedure; they do not remedy issues in the teeth they are covering. Issues such as decay, a cracked tooth, or exposed roots need to be addressed and corrected before any veneer procedure can begin.
The process of applying veneers
Porcelain veneers are a three-appointment procedure at our beautiful Hedgesville offices.
- Diagnosis and planning — Dr. Smith will examine your teeth and together you will take an active role in planning your smile. He will show you the limitations of veneers and make sure there are no other existing problems that first need to be addressed.
- Preparation — The second appointment is all about prep, taking one to two hours. To make room for the veneers on your teeth, approximately one-half millimeter of the tooth surface is removed. This isn’t painful, but some patients like to have local anesthetic. Once all of the teeth are prepared, we take impressions to send to the dental lab for fabrication of your veneers. This will take one to two weeks, so in the meantime we apply temporary veneers to your teeth.
- Bonding — In the third appointment, Dr. Smith first places each veneer onto your teeth with water or glycerin to check the fit and color. At this point, the color of the veneer can still be subtly adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once he determines all is well, we clean your teeth with specific chemicals that improve their bonding ability. Special cement is placed, the veneer set, and a curing light applied to harden the cement. Dr. Smith then removes any excess cement and does a final check before you leave. This final appointment takes one to two hours.
Are you interested in covering your teeth like IKEA covers its dressers? Call Dr. Smith at (304) 754-8803 and set up a consultation for porcelain veneers.