Are Veneers Right for Me?

If you’ve spent years feeling self-conscious about your smile, hiding your mouth to laugh, or avoiding photos, Charvet Dental Center is here to help you uncover a confident smile! Cosmetic dentistry offers several solutions for transforming your teeth, including veneers. What started as a Hollywood trend has exploded into the mainstream recently! Although you’ve probably heard of veneers, you may not know exactly what they are or how they work. Let’s take a closer look at everything our veneers have to offer! Keep reading below to learn if dental veneers are right for you.

What Are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a thin shell that is made out of porcelain or ceramic. Each veneer is custom-made in a dental lab to perfectly match your mouth and facial structure for the best fit and appearance. When our doctors apply veneers to your teeth, they can even them out, close gaps, cover dark stains, and create a more uniform appearance when you smile. 

Veneers also have a translucent quality that allows light to reflect just as it would with your natural teeth. While veneers replicate the strength and resilience of natural tooth enamel, they won’t become discolored or fade over time. 

Why Do People Get Veneers?

Veneers can be a good option for you if you have the following:

  • discolored or stained teeth
  • chipped, broken, or worn-down teeth
  • crooked, uneven, misaligned, or irregularly-shaped teeth
  • gaps between the teeth

Veneers offer a natural-looking smile for most patients, depending on personal habits and any previous trauma, but they aren’t for everybody. That’s why working with an experienced dentist is important to ensure veneers are right for you. Our doctors will only recommend the best treatment for your unique needs to guarantee all function is restored and a healthy smile is achieved! 

How Do Veneers Work?

The first step in the veneer process is a consultation in our Metairie office. During this initial visit, you’ll meet our team, discuss the concerns you have about your smile, and work with one of our dentists to determine what you hope to achieve with treatment. Dr. Hunter Charvet and Dr. Hunter Charvet Jr. will analyze your smile to learn more about your oral habits, your bite, and the health of your gum tissue. This will help them determine the severity of whatever dental issue you’re dealing with. Once we determine your teeth are suitable for veneers, we’ll create a treatment plan around your unique needs and goals. 

During the preparation phase, our expert team will remove about one-half millimeters of tooth enamel to ensure it will be the same thickness after adding the veneer. This is what will give you a natural-looking smile! We’ll then take impressions of your teeth and send them to the special dental lab where the veneers will be constructed. It generally takes a few weeks on average for your custom veneers to be designed and delivered to us.

The final step in this process is the bonding phase. The veneers will be placed on your teeth to judge the fit, and our doctors will make any necessary adjustments at this time. The cement color we use will be determined based on your natural teeth in order to match the veneer as closely as possible. After thoroughly cleaning and etching the teeth, we’ll carefully bond them into place, applying a special light to help the cement harden more quickly. Your bite will then be evaluated, and any extra cement will be removed. You’ll return to our office for a follow-up visit about two weeks later to ensure everything is as it should be. 

Are Veneers Right for Me?Get The Smile You’ve Always Wanted with Veneers from Charvet Dental Center 

When you choose Charvet Dental Center, our world-class service and friendly atmosphere will have you looking forward to every visit.

If you’re looking for more information on achieving a natural-looking smile that’s whiter and brighter, get in touch with our team today to schedule a consultation with us. We’d love to help you achieve a confident smile you’ll always want to share!