Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers!
A slightly crooked tooth, a gap, a chip--they're not big smile detractors, or are they? To the person with dental flaws, everything looms large, and he or she wants the best possible correction. At Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, Dr. David Craft offers cosmetic dentistry solutions which fine tune smile aesthetics or even accomplish a complete makeover. Porcelain veneers are one of Dr. Craft's most popular smile rejuvenation treatments.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are also called dental laminates. They are ultra-thin pieces of translucent ceramic, colored and shaped to fit over the front of teeth marred by:
- Ugly stains
- Hairline cracks
- Poor shape and size
Permanently glued in place, veneers improve front teeth which show when you smile. Also, they strengthen overall tooth structure.
Is the treatment difficult?
No, it is not difficult or painful, but it does take some planning and time. When you come to Dr. Craft's Manhattan office to discuss your cosmetic dentistry goals, he will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure, taking X-rays and oral impressions as needed.
If you both agree on porcelain veneers, he'll send specific instructions to an area dental lab where a ceramist will create a three-dimensional model of your teeth. He or she will craft the veneers one by one with just the right color and shape to beautify your smile and allow it to function properly.
Additionally, Dr. Craft will remove some enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This gentle resurfacing creates the exact substrate your veneers need for perfect adherence and bite. When your veneers are ready (you'll wear temporary veneers when you wait for your permanent ones), Dr. Craft bonds them in place with a tooth-colored cement hardened by a UV light.
Living with porcelain veneers
Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss everyday with your favorite strand floss or inter-proximal brushes as your hygienist advises. See your dentist semi-annually for a thorough cleaning and examination, including an inspection of your porcelain veneers.
Be careful what you eat. Stay away from super-hard foods, such as peanut brittle, as they can crack or dislodge your laminates. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that with consistent at-home and in-office care, your veneers will last about ten years.
Come in for a consultation
At Craft Dentistry, Dr. David Craft and his team love to see you smile. For more information on porcelain veneers and other state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, call the office in Manhattan, KS, for an in-person consultation: (785) 370-4662.