Would you like a smile which sparkles with bright, even teeth? If you weren't born with one, porcelain veneers from Millennium Dental in Stockton, CA, can create one. A popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, veneers are thin pieces of ceramic which cover defects and strengthen tooth enamel. Do you want to learn more?
Defects aren't fatal, but fixable
Few people have perfect-looking smiles. Stains, cracks, chips, gaps, mild crowding, and more don't affect health and function, but they definitely impact your self-image and confidence. Over the past three decades, cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity and scope. People of all ages undergo simple to complex smile makeovers, pursuing teeth and gums they feel proud of.
Porcelain veneers address many dental defects teeth whitening or composite resin bonding cannot. Customized shells of high-quality, tooth-colored ceramic, veneers bond to the front side of flawed teeth. Stain-resistant, durable and long-lasting, veneers even tooth length, span gaps, disguise chips, and more. A comprehensive examination and discussion of your aesthetic goals at Millennium Dental in Stockton will tell you if this cosmetic dentistry service is the right one for your smile.
The veneer treatment
The steps are simple:
- Tooth resurfacing to remove about half a millimeter of enamel (This facilitates the fit and comfort of the veneers and makes them permanent.)
- Oral impressions to be sent to the dental lab where your veneers are fabricated one by one
- Placement of temporary veneers
- Veneer fabrication according to your dentists specifications
- Removal of the temporaries at the next visit to Millennium Dental
- Installation of your new veneers using a tooth-colored cement
- Bonding of the cement with a UV light
Caring for your veneers
As days go by, you'll adjust to how your veneers feel and bite. If you have good oral hygiene habits, nothing will change. Just be sure to floss carefully to keep your gums healthy, and brush twice a day for two minutes as the American Dental Associaton (ADA) endorses. See your dentist and hygienist twice a day for cleanings and check-ups.
A word of caution: do not eat hard foods such as peanut brittle or candy apples. They may break down your veneers or even dislodge them completely. Clenching and grinding your teeth can wear down your veneers prematurely; so ask your dentist about a night-time bite guard to cushion your teeth.
Healthline reports that porcelain veneers remain in place 10 to 15 years. Throughout, they look and feel great.
A new smile with porcelain veneers
It can be yours through cosmetic dentistry treatments at Millennium Dental in Stockton and Tracy, CA. Call us today to arrange a consultation. We have two offices to serve all your dental needs. In Tracy, phone (209) 835-6487. In Stockton, call (209) 952-3951.