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FAQs about Veneers

Are you unhappy with your smile but don't want to undergo extensive dental work just to fix a relatively minor tooth flaws? Dental veneers offer a simpler solution. Whether you've have a small chip in a tooth, a discolored tooth or other cosmetic issues, your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, can help you transform your smile with veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers conceal minor damage and imperfections without any major alterations to the structure of your teeth. Made of porcelain or plastic, veneers are no thicker than a fingernail. They're attached to the fronts of the teeth, the area where flaws are most noticeable.

Are veneers right for me?

Veneers are an excellent choice for many people in the Columbia, SC, area. They're often used to conceal chips in teeth, hide shallow cracks, or make bumpy or uneven surfaces look smoother.

Orthodontic treatment is very effective in straightening teeth, but it's not always needed if you only have one or two crooked teeth. Adding veneers to the teeth makes them look perfectly straight. The restorations can improve the shape of any oddly shaped tooth, improving the symmetry of your smile.

Veneers also lengthen teeth that have shortened due to wear and tear or grinding. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a nightguard while sleeping to prevent damage to your new veneers.

The restorations provide a simple way to close slight gaps between teeth and hide discolorations. If you have one or two discolored teeth, your veneers will match the shade of nearby teeth exactly. When whitening is your goal, you'll choose the perfect shade of white for your smile.

What happens during the veneer process?

During your first veneer appointment, your dentist will lightly file your teeth to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel. Filing the teeth ensures that your veneers fit comfortably and don't look bulky or unnatural. Your dentist will also make an impression of your mouth, which the dental laboratory will use when creating your restorations.

In about two weeks, you'll return to the office to receive your new veneers. Your dentist will use water or glycerin to temporarily attach the veneers and assess the fit. A few minor alterations may be necessary at this point. After the veneers are adjusted, your dentist will permanently attach them to your teeth with dental cement, completing the transformation of your smile.

Enhance your appearance with veneers! Call Dr. Johnson's office in Columbia, SC, at (803) 788-2555 to schedule your appointment.

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