Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. According to a study conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry, “40 percent of survey respondents notice a smile first in people they work with.” In addition, 96 percent of the people surveyed “believe that a smile is important to a person’s appearance.”
Unfortunately, many people are reluctant to smile because they’re not happy with their appearance. Thankfully, porcelain veneers offer an easy and convenient solution that can give you the smile of your dreams in a short amount of time.
Veneers are thin layers or “shells” which are seamlessly applied to the front of your teeth. They’re made from durable, tooth-colored porcelain to ensure a natural appearance and long-lasting results. We only use veneers from Lumineer, the number one patient-request brand. Often referred to as lumineers, these veneers are ultra-thin to allow for faster placement and eliminate the need for drilling.
Veneers can be used to remedy the following issues:
Placing your dental veneers is pretty simple. It requires a minimally invasive procedure that can typically be completed in one or two office visits. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Grubb for a consultation. If he determines that veneers are the ideal procedure for you, he’ll measure your smile and create a mold of your teeth to send to the laboratory.
You’ll return to our office a couple weeks later when your veneers are ready. Dr. Grubb will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel to create space and temporarily place the veneers on your smile, ensuring they fit the way you want them to. Once you’re satisfied, he’ll cement the veneers to your teeth.
We only use porcelain veneers from Lumineer because porcelain is strong and aesthetically pleasing. It’s also highly stain-resistant and you can brush your veneers just like your surrounding teeth. Most people can’t tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth because porcelain provides a translucent effect which simulates the way your natural teeth respond to light.
Dr. Grubb will administer a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums before the veneers procedure, so you won’t feel any pain. You may experience some mild discomfort immediately after treatment, but this will fade within a few hours.
With proper care, veneers can last for seven to fifteen years. To prevent damaging them, avoid habits such as chewing on ice cubes or biting your fingernails.
It only takes two appointments to place your veneers. Typically, you’ll need to wait about two weeks between appointments while your veneers are customized to match your smile.
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment, so most insurance providers won’t offer any coverage for them. However, there are some exceptions depending on your plan.
If you damage your veneer, or if it falls out of your mouth, do your best to keep it clean and call us right away. Don’t attempt to fix or reattach the veneer yourself, as this can result in further damage.
You can care for your veneers just like natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. No additional cleaning products or tools are necessary.
Yes — in many cases, veneers can be used to make your teeth appear straighter.
If you’re unhappy with your smile for any reason, call our office in Havre de Grace to schedule your consultation with Dr. Grubb. Rest assured, we can help you smile with confidence.