Veneers are a thin shells made out of porcelain or composite material. Here at SweetWater Dentistry, being a Fairhope dentist for veneers, we custom-make and attach veneers to the front side of the teeth. A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth or they can even be used to close spaces between the teeth. A veneer can be made by the dentist or in a dental laboratory, depending on the materials used and/or the requirements of the patient.
As one of the Fairhope dentists for veneers we know they are one of the newer and more popular techniques used in cosmetic dentistry today. As mentioned in the definition, they are usually indicated for anterior (front) teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, rotated, poorly shaped or badly positioned.
A dentist may recommend a veneer instead of full crown coverage to conserve tooth structure. The final treatment for the individual patient can vary considerably depending on the patient's occlusion (bite relationship between the upper and lower front teeth) and size of their pocket-book.
If crowns are indicated, more tooth structure is removed, takes longer and costs more. Veneers usually cost less but they have some limitations where they can be used for a good, long- term prognosis.
A tooth veneer somewhat resembles a false finger-nail that many people of fashion use today to make their nails look longer and better with variable color shades.
There are two types of tooth veneers available. One is the direct veneer procedure, which is done in the dental office by a dentist and the indirect method, which is begun in a dental office, prepared by a dentist who then sends an impression to a dental laboratory for final processing.
As you might surmise, the direct method is done immediately in the dental chair with the patient leaving with an improved smile that same day. The indirect method takes longer and involves the use of a dental laboratory to make the final product that is then applied in another appointment.
So if you are looking for a Fairhope dentist for veneers look no further than SweetWater Dentistry! We specialize in cosmetic dentistry for all ages. Call or text today to make an appointment 251-550-7770.