An Instant Makeover For Your Smile
If you’re dealing with tooth discoloration, damage, or misalignment, you may feel self-conscious when you smile. You may have considered cosmetic and restorative options like teeth whitening and dental implants, but found that they were outside of your budget, inconvenient, or you didn’t qualify. Regardless of your situation, you shouldn’t feel discouraged. You can still have a smile that you’re proud to show off even if you can’t undergo whitening or implant placement.
At Ridgeview Family Dental, our dentists can quickly and effectively beautify your smile using porcelain veneers. Our cosmetic dentists can use this convenient cosmetic solution to transform the smile of patients in Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, and the surrounding areas.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are applied to the front of your teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections. While porcelain veneers don’t correct these cosmetic issues, they can make your smile appear whiter, fuller, and straighter while helping you feel more confident. Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile’s appearance by addressing common dental imperfections like:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are resistant to whitening
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile while offering added protection against sensitivity, and even helping to preserve your remaining enamel. With two visits and one non-invasive procedure, your teeth can look better than ever. Beyond hiding cosmetic imperfections, porcelain veneers offer additional benefits including:
- Discreet, natural-looking appearance
- Added protection against temperature sensitivity
- Stain resistance
- Enamel strengthening
The Porcelain Veneers Process
Your porcelain veneers will be placed in two short visits to our Warrensburg or Oak Grove office but before you can have your veneers placed, you’ll undergo a consultation with one of our dentists. They’ll determine if porcelain veneers are a good treatment option for you by examining your mouth, reviewing your medical history, and discussing your oral health goals with you.
Depending on the condition of your oral health, they may also recommend you have any existing oral health issues treated. Treating any existing oral health issues will not only boost your oral health but will also give your veneers a better foundation to adhere to.
Once any oral health issues have been treated, and you’ve both decided that porcelain veneers are the right solution for you, your dentist will prepare your teeth. They’ll remove a minuscule amount of enamel from the front of your teeth, usually no more than the width of a fingernail. Removing this small bit of enamel will provide a surface that’s easier for the veneers to grip and make them adhere evenly for a more natural appearance.
Once your teeth are prepared, your dentist will show you the shades of porcelain that can be used to create your veneers. We can either match them to your natural tooth color or choose a whiter shade for a brighter appearance.
Regardless of your chosen shade, your porcelain veneers will be customized to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. We’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to a special laboratory, where they’ll be used as blueprints for your veneers.
Once your veneers are ready, we’ll call you and schedule your last appointment. When you return to our office, your dentist will let you check the color and shape of your veneers to ensure they’re to your liking. If you like how your veneers look, your dentist will apply them to the front of your teeth using a special dental adhesive. You’ll leave our office that day with your new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing your teeth is a minimally invasive procedure that typically doesn’t require any anesthetic. If you have especially sensitive teeth, we can administer an anesthetic beforehand to eliminate any pain. We’ll make sure your anesthetic is working properly before the procedure takes place.
Porcelain veneers aren’t a permanent solution for cosmetic problems, but they’re designed to last 15 years. However, they can last up to 30 years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams at the Ridgeview Family Dental offices.
To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, our dentists recommend you follow these guidelines:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime
- Rinse with mouthwash between meals
- Visit Ridgeview Family Dental at least once every six months for regular dental exams
- Avoid eating or chewing on things that are hard or crunchy
If one of your veneers breaks, don’t attempt to reattach it yourself. Instead, put the pieces in a clear plastic container and call your Ridgeview Family Dental office of choice to schedule an appointment. Be sure to bring the pieces with you when attending your appointment so we can determine if your veneer can be repaired or not. If we can’t repair the veneer, we’ll recommend replacements.
Beautify Your Smile Without Whitening Or Implants
With porcelain veneers, you can achieve the smile of your dreams without undergoing whitening procedures or implant surgery. To learn more about porcelain veneers, contact Ridgeview Family Dental at your location of choice. We’re proud to offer these effective solutions to Missouri patients in Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, and the surrounding areas.
You can call our Warrensburg office at 660.747.9117 or our Oak Grove office at 816.690.4141. You can also request an appointment by filling out the form below and a friendly staff member will get back to you shortly.