Foods, drinks, and bad habits like smoking can wear away at your tooth enamel causing your smile to look grey or yellow. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry can undo years of damage and restore your pearly whites. Expert cosmetic dentist, Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in the North East Corner of Warner and Kyrene, in Tempe, Arizona, regularly transforms smiles using dental veneers. If you’re interested in learning more about this safe and incredibly effective solution, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are affixed to the surface of your natural, permanent teeth. Veneers mimic the reflective qualities of your teeth, but are much more resistant to stains from food and beverages than enamel.
Dr. Smallwood and the team at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts regularly use dental veneers to fix:
Dental veneers can also improve the appearance of teeth that are yellow or stained as a result of poor dental hygiene or habits like smoking cigarettes and using chewing tobacco.
Getting dental veneers usually involves two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, Dr. Smallwood performs a thorough oral exam and discusses your goals for treatment. If you’re a good candidate and have healthy teeth, he takes a series of digital X-rays and 3D scans, which are sent to a laboratory that manufactures your veneers.
After finishing your scans and digital X-rays, Dr. Smallwood prepares your teeth for veneers. First, he numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. Next, he removes a very thin layer of enamel from the surface of your teeth, about the same thickness as your veneers. The entire process takes less than 60 minutes and there’s no downtime or recovery period.
Your veneers take between two to four weeks to return from the manufacturer. At your second appointment, Dr. Smallwood carefully places your veneers, trimming them as necessary so they fit perfectly over your teeth. Once in place, he permanently bonds them using dental cement.
Finally, Dr. Smallwood provides you with a list of care instructions. For example, if you grind your teeth or suffer from TMJ, he may recommend a nightguard to protect your veneers from damage.
Dental veneers last an average of between 7-15 years. However, if you take good care of them, they may last even longer.
To keep your veneers in great shape, Dr. Smallwood recommends practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on ice.
To learn more about the amazing benefits of dental veneers, call the office or use the online booking tool to request an appointment at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts today.