It’s surprising how much of an impact misaligned, damaged, or severely discolored teeth can have on your self-confidence. Cosmetic flaws can keep you from feeling comfortable doing things you enjoy like socializing and showing your smile to communicate your genuine happiness. Even if you suffer from all of the issues previously mentioned, porcelain veneers in Reno can fix them in a single treatment. Instead of letting your self-esteem slowly deteriorate over time due to an unattractive grin, let Drs. Ah Young Kim and Josh Branco help! Our team at Sage Dental Care is more than happy to get your journey towards refreshing your smile started when you contact us today.
Dental veneers are thin, durable shells that are custom made to fit over the visible portion of each tooth you’d like to have repaired. These shells are made from porcelain, which allows them to mimic the look of your natural tooth enamel. This non-porous material is also able to reflect light and resist staining. When they’re permanently placed over your natural teeth, they can change the color, shape, and size of them to create a flawless and symmetrical grin.
The best way to determine whether or not porcelain veneers are the best treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Reno. We’ll be able to answer any questions you have so you can feel comfortable and confident in your decision to start the process.
Depending on the severity of your cosmetic issues, veneers are a great option for most patients. Over the course of a few weeks, we can completely remodel your entire smile or just a few teeth that are damaged. Patients who are good candidates are typically looking to fix flaws such as:
The process of getting dental veneers typically takes place over a few weeks. You’re probably wondering “Why the wait?” Because each individual shell is custom-crafted, they have to be made at our dental laboratory. This way, they fit comfortably and perfectly over your natural teeth.
The first visit will be a consultation with either Dr. Ah Young Kim or Dr. Josh Branco. They’ll ask you questions to help them learn what you would like to achieve by getting veneers and inspect your mouth. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have!
Once you decide that this is the right cosmetic procedure for you, they’ll develop a treatment plan and begin preparing your teeth to receive your permanent veneers. They’ll need to remove a small portion of your natural enamel to ensure that the shells lay flush with the rest of your teeth. They’ll then take impressions and send them off to the dental laboratory to craft your permanent veneers to their specifications.
Once we receive your shells, we’ll schedule your last appointment. We’ll remove your temporary veneers and use a special dental cement to place your permanent ones. After making final adjustments and a quick polish, you’ll be ready to enjoy your newly transformed smile!
If you’re interested in giving your smile a complete makeover, veneers in Reno are often the best choice. When it comes to erasing cosmetic dental flaws, veneers essentially “kill two birds with one stone” by covering up the entire tooth – and all of its imperfections – at the same time. That said, you might still have a few questions about what to expect when getting veneers. Although we’ll gladly answer your questions during a consultation, we’ve included the answers to a few veneers FAQs below for your convenience.
Before the preparation and placement of your veneers, our dentists will typically numb your mouth with local anesthetic. You shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure itself, but you may experience some sensitivity and soreness after the numbness wears off, especially if you received several veneers at once. This discomfort should only last a few days, and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.
With veneers, the ultimate goal is for all of your visible teeth to match. Your cosmetic dentist in Reno will recommend the appropriate number of veneers for you to achieve that goal. Most people get six, eight, or ten veneers to create a symmetrical smile. However, if you only have one tooth that needs to be improved, it’s also possible to only receive a single veneer.
Once the veneers process is finished, many patients report that they feel fully natural inside their mouths, to the point that they don’t notice a difference when eating or talking. Dental porcelain not only looks like real tooth enamel, but it feels very much like it as well. Additionally, veneers are carefully designed based on impressions that we take after a small amount of enamel has been removed. Therefore, they will fit perfectly against your teeth without protruding.
Veneers are technically not permanent since they will have to be replaced eventually. However, they are considered an irreversible treatment because some enamel is removed from your teeth. Enamel does not grow back once it has been lost, so the affected teeth will always have to be covered with restorations such as veneers or dental crowns.
On average, you can expect your veneers to last for about 10 or 15 years, but with the right care, they are capable of lasting for 20 or more. The most common reason why veneers have to be replaced earlier than that is because of fractures in the underlying teeth that often occur as a result of not protecting the teeth. To keep these teeth strong and supportive of your veneers, it’s important to maintain your oral hygiene and visit us for routine checkups every six months. Also, avoid biting down or chewing on anything too hard, such as pens, ice cubes, popcorn kernels, hard candy, etc.