Qualifications for Using Dental Veneers

When you pass by a mirror and notice your smile, do you find yourself focusing on that crooked tooth, or cringing at an unsightly gap, or wishing your teeth weren’t so yellow? You’re not alone. Many people worry about their dental imperfections, and it makes them feel insecure when speaking with other people. If you count yourself among that group, our staff at Hicks Dental Group in Prescott, AZ, has good news for you. Quite a few dental flaws can be solved by applying dental veneers. If you’re seeking  a solution for filling in gaps between your teeth or fixing the overall size, shape, or color of of your teeth, veneers just might be the answer. Want to know more? If you’re in the region around Prescott, give us a call. We’ll be glad to assess whether your teeth meet the qualifications for using dental veneers to repair the look and function of your smile.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers can be made from a synthetic resin, but they’re typically made out of porcelain, since it matches existing teeth much more naturally in both color and shape, and it is more stain resistant. Veneers are applied in several steps that occur during two separate visits to the dentist. At the first visit, the teeth that will be receiving veneers are buffed and shaped. This process may or may not require anesthesia. Next, a mold is taken to match the newly-shaped and buffed teeth. At a second visit, dental cement is added and the custom-made porcelain veneer is applied to the tooth. A special light beam is used to harden the cement and quickly cause the veneer to adhere to your teeth.

While veneers are not a permanent solution, they are long-lasting. And just as you care for your natural teeth, dental veneers also require daily care. As part of your teeth they’ll need brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of giving yourself a dental makeover, feel free to give us a call. Our dentists, Dr. Paul Hicks or Dr. Scott Hicks will be glad to sit down with you, take a look at your teeth—and together with you, determine whether your teeth meet the qualifications for using dental veneers.

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