Dental Veneers in Liberty, MO
At Northland Family Dentistry, we are proud to create smiles for our patients that are just as aesthetically pleasing as they are healthy. Our dental veneer procedure is designed to improve the appearance of healthy teeth by masking a variety of dental flaws. If you are seeking to improve the overall appearance of your smile, visit our dentists and caring team at Northland Family Dentistry for customized and long lasting dental veneers in Liberty, Missouri.
How Do Veneers Work?
Dental veneers, also referred to as laminates, are very thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that is design to cover the front of an unsightly tooth. These shells are razor thin yet very strong and are customized to fit perfectly over the tooth. Veneers can also be customized in terms of color to provide a brighter, warmer appearance. Once the veneer is created, our dentist will carefully attach the shell over the front of the tooth using dental cement.
Uses for Dental Veneers
Veneers are used to mask a number of undesirable flaws such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Short teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Dental Laminates: A Permanent, Irreversible Procedure
Before the veneer is cemented in place, our dentists will first need to prepare the natural tooth. A tiny fraction of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth in a process called “etching”. Etching ensures that the veneer bonds well to the surface of the tooth. Because of this process, placing a dental veneer is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed.
How Long Do They Last?
Veneers can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years before they will most likely need to be replaced due to damage or daily wear and tear. After this time, our dentists can create a new set of veneers to keep your smile looking its best. The better that you care for your veneers, the longer they will last.
Veneers Procedure Steps
During the consultation you will meet with our dentists to discuss your desired results. During this initial meeting you will also specify the color and shape of the veneer and any other cosmetic treatments you may wish to undergo, such as teeth whitening. Our dentists will also examine your oral structures are current oral health to ensure that you are a candidate for dental laminates.
- Etching & CEREC Technology
After the consultation, the targeted teeth will need to be properly prepared before placement of the veneer. First, our team will use a gentle tool to remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Although this process is comfortable, our patients can elect to have anesthesia administered to help them relax.
Once enough enamel is removed, we will use our advanced CEREC technology to take hundreds of digital photos of the tooth surface and surrounding area. This information is then sent to our CEREC computers where a digital recreation of your tooth will be designed. This digital representation is then sent to our milling station where a customized veneer is created within minutes- all while you sit comfortably in our dental chair!
Once your customized veneer is finished, our team will prepare for placement. First, the surface of the tooth is cleaned, then the veneers are carefully bonded into place with dental cement. Our dentists will remove any excess cement, then polish the finished product. Once this is complete, you are able to enjoy a fully improved smile!
How to Care for Veneers
Caring for your veneers is easy. Always remember to maintain good oral hygiene habits: brushing and flossing daily. Also, be careful to avoid using teeth with veneers when biting down on hard or sticky food. We recommend keeping regularly scheduled dental check-ups with our team to ensure that your veneer is being cared for properly and to prevent any issues with your smile.
If you are looking to dramatically enhance the look of your smile, choose Northland Family Dentistry for quality, strong porcelain dental veneers in the Liberty, MO area. We offer many other advanced dental services, including replacement teeth that last a lifetime with implant dentistry. Click here to view all of our services. For more information or to schedule your consultation, visit us or call us at (816) 716-1000.