Porcelain veneers: the secret to a terrific, natural-looking smile
Have you ever wondered what the secret to someone’s great smile was? There is a good chance it is porcelain veneers! Most people are born with some imperfections in their teeth (such as misalignment, asymmetry, a “gummy” smile, or other aesthetic issues), but porcelain veneers can easily hide these issues and transform your smile – all while looking natural. At Knoxville Smiles at Malone & Costa Dentistry in Knoxville, Tennessee, our dentists Dr. Stephen Malone and Dr. Michael Costa, use a combination of artistry, precision, and state-of-the-art technologies to craft your perfect smile while ensuring that your veneers blend in with the rest of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers explained
Porcelain veneers are a completely customized treatment that is designed to hide aesthetic imperfections in their teeth. Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain pieces that are crafted in our in-house lab by professional ceramists and then bonded on to the visible side of your teeth. Some patients get a veneer for just one tooth, whereas others may choose to completely transform their smile by getting veneers on all of the visible teeth.
Am I a good candidate?
Most patients who are interested in enhancing the appearance of their smiles can be great candidates for porcelain veneers. Veneers are incredibly versatile and can hide a variety of issues such as:
- Small chips or cracks
- Permanent stains
- Pitted enamel
- Worn down teeth
- Small gaps or misalignment
- Irregularly shaped or sized teeth
It is important to note that veneers are a cosmetic procedure and are not designed to treat issues such as decay, gum disease, or weakened teeth. If you have any of these issues, our dental team may recommend treating those prior to the placement of veneers.
Getting veneers placed
After a consultation with our dental team to ensure that veneers are right for you, the procedure for placing porcelain veneers on your teeth can be completed in as little as two visits. In your first visit, we will gently remove a small amount of enamel, which helps the veneers adhere to your teeth and ensure a good fit in your mouth. We will also take dental impressions so your veneers can be custom-made for you at our on-site dental laboratory. When they are ready, you will come back into the office and we will try your veneers on, making any minor adjustments needed. Once you and our dentist are both happy with the way they fit, we will bond them onto your teeth and you are free to enjoy your brand new smile!
To schedule your consultation and learn more about dental veneers can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, call Knoxville Smiles today at (865) 426-1776!
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