Veneers in Greenville
Cover Imperfections and Enhance Your Smile with Veneers
If you don’t feel comfortable with your teeth, you may be embarrassed or uncomfortable when smiling or laughing, or speaking in public. But there’s a solution! At Heritage Dentistry, Dr. Hamrick can restore your smile in just two appointments, using dental veneers.
Veneers Restore Your Natural Smile
Veneers are typically made out of a high-quality, durable ceramic porcelain. They are a dental prosthesis designed to fit perfectly over each individual tooth, and they are bonded into place permanently to replacing the natural exterior of your teeth.
The treatment is fast and non-invasive, making veneers a great way to enhance your smile and correct a number of different cosmetic and aesthetic issues. However, veneers are not a restorative treatment. They cannot be used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged, and are not recommended for patients with significant oral health issues.
During your first veneers appointment, your mouth will be numbed, and a small amount of enamel will be removed from the teeth that will receive veneers. The amount of enamel removed is the same in thickness as the veneers that will be placed. Enamel is removed to ensure that the veneers fit seamlessly.
After this, dental impressions and photos are taken of your mouth, and sent to a dental lab where your custom veneers are created. Once we receive your veneers, Dr. Hamrick will check them to make sure they fit perfectly. Then, they will be attached permanently using dental cement, and buffed and polished for a perfect finish.
The Benefits Of Veneers From Heritage Dentistry
Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment because they provide patients with a number of benefits, including:
- Natural look and feel – Veneers are made to fit the rest of your teeth perfectly, and to look completely natural. They also feel like natural teeth, and you are able to eat, speak, and brush normally when wearing veneers.
- Completely non-invasive – No surgery is required for veneers, and the process of enamel removal is fast, with most patients experiencing no discomfort.
- Can treat most cosmetic issues – This treatment can correct gaps in teeth, minor chips and damage, tooth stains, and even slightly crooked teeth, making veneers an extremely versatile solution
Who is a Good Candidate for Veneers?
If you have a healthy mouth and are free of any major oral health issues, and you simply don’t like how your smile looks, you may be a good candidate for veneers! With veneers, you can treat almost any cosmetic problem including stains and gaps in your smile, chips, and misshapen teeth.
If you have serious orthodontic issues, veneers may not be right for you. Veneers cannot correct bite problems or a malpositioned jaw, and should not be used to treat teeth that are extremely crooked. To find out if you’re a good candidate for veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamrick at Heritage Dentistry today!
The Difference Between Veneers And Cosmetic Crowns
Whereas veneers primarily cover up flaws and imperfections in your smile, cosmetic crowns are intended to repair and restore damaged teeth, while also restoring your smile. Veneers cover up the front of your tooth, and are not intended to restore it after it has been damaged by tooth decay or an oral injury. Because of this, the placement of a veneer does not require the removal of much enamel.
Cosmetic crowns, though, require the remaining tooth structure to be trimmed significantly. The crown covers up all of the remaining tooth structure, protecting it and restoring your smile. Still unsure? At your consultation, Dr. Hamrick will explain each option in detail, and help you decide which one is right for you.
Tips To Prolong The Lifespan Of Your Porcelain Veneers
With proper care, veneers can easily last 10-15+ years without breaking or loosening. If you are interested in veneers, and wondering how to get the most out of your treatment, here are a few tips that will help you care for your new smile:
- Brush, floss, and see the dentist every 6 months – Brushing for at least 2 minutes 2-3 times per day, flossing once per day, and seeing Dr. Hamrick every 6 months are the best ways to keep your veneers and your teeth healthy while avoiding issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
- Avoid chewing non-food items and chew hard food with your rear teeth – You should avoid the chewing of any non-food items such as pens, erasers, or fingernails. These items can dislodge or damage your veneers. In addition, try to chew hard foods (almonds, ice, etc.) with your molars. Hard foods could chip your veneers.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools – Don’t ever use your teeth as tools to do things like open a bag or package or rip tape. This can damage your veneers!
- Brush or rinse after consuming food or drinks that could stain – Your veneers won’t become stained, but some types of food and drinks (like berries, soda, coffee, and wine) can stain the teeth around your veneers, harming your smile. You should brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth after consuming a food or beverage that could stain your smile.
- Protect your teeth from grinding and impact – If you grind your teeth, it’s important to get a night guard to protect your veneers. If you play contact sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth from injury.
With these simple tips, you can keep your veneers bright and beautiful, and enjoy your new smile for years to come!
Learn More About Dental Veneers At Heritage Family Dentistry Now!
Interested in restoring your smile? Not sure if veneers are right for you? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Hamrick! At your appointment, he will examine your mouth and help you understand all of your options for cosmetic dentistry, including veneers. Contact us now at (864) 292-5125 to schedule your appointment, or stop by our office at 4105 E North Street, Greenville, SC 29615 if you’re in the neighborhood.