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Get a New Smile for the New Year With Veneers

Get a New Smile for the New Year With Veneers

As the new year rolls around, it often sparks an interest in self-improvement. If you’re looking for minimally invasive ways to improve your dental health and the appearance of your teeth, it’s time to learn about the many benefits of veneers.

At Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry, general and cosmetic dentist Jeffrey C. Barrera, DDS, offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Barrera focuses on the details to restore the beauty and brilliance of your smile. He specializes in several cosmetic techniques, including veneers, to make it that much easier to achieve your aesthetic goals in the new year.

How veneers work

Veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. These shells are generally made from a resin material or porcelain and are colored to match the rest of your natural teeth.

Veneers are a safe and effective way to address one or more flaws in your dental health that impact the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Barrera, may recommend veneers to treat teeth that are:

The placement of veneers on your front teeth can improve the symmetrical appearance of your smile instantly and provide you with long-lasting results.

Understanding the veneer process

Getting veneers typically requires two appointments with Dr. Barrera. During the first visit, he works with you to design a custom veneer that looks like your other teeth. He takes molds of your mouth and sends them to a medical lab that will create your individual veneers.

At your second appointment, Dr.Barrera prepares your teeth for veneer placement. This starts with a thorough cleaning of your teeth to remove bacteria and other debris to ensure the veneer stays in place. A professional cleaning also reduces your risk for tooth decay under your veneers.

In order to place the veneer flush against the front surface of your tooth, Dr.Barrera might remove a bit of enamel. He then uses a medically safe dental cement to bond the veneer to your natural tooth. To help the bond harden quickly, our team applies a special ultraviolet light over your teeth.

Maintaining your veneers

You can improve your smile with minimal discomfort and in just two visits with our dental care team. They also ensure you have what you need to care for your veneers properly.

Brushing and flossing

You’ll clean your veneers just like you do your natural teeth — by brushing and flossing after each meal. You also need to schedule routine dental checkups with Dr. Barrera and professional cleanings with our dental care team.

Veneer adjustments

If you feel any rough edges after receiving your veneers, we can help. Sometimes excess cement can adhere to your teeth and cause discomfort. If the cement doesn’t wear down as you chew food, Dr.Barrera can smooth it away during a quick in-office visit.

Lifestyle changes

With proper care, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last up to 15 years and resin materials to last up to 10. Our team can make you aware of special precautions you should take to protect the longevity of your veneers, such as not biting hard foods with your front teeth and not biting your nails.

Protective guards

For those who grind their teeth or participate in high-impact activities, Dr. Barrera can evaluate your dental health and fit you with a night guard or sports guard that prevents unnecessary trauma to your veneers and teeth.

If you’re ready to restore your brilliant smile in the new year, schedule a consultation for veneers by calling our office or requesting an appointment online today. 

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