Have you ever looked at a photograph of a movie star and marveled that his or her smile is so faultless? Every aspect from symmetry and spacing to color and shape looks just right. In most cases, celebrities achieve those perfect smiles with the help of cosmetic dentistry. One of these techniques can be the best solution for an everyday dental problem – enamel flaws. Porcelain dental veneers are giving patients in the Richmond and Richmond, VA area show-stopping smiles. Dr. Charles Martin of Richmond Smile center explains this versatile treatment.
The impact of enamel flaws
You probably realize how important straight, even teeth are to a lovely smile. However, you may not have given much thought to the negative impact of enamel flaws. Deep discoloration, from medications, fluorosis, or past root canal therapy doesn’t respond to whitening methods. Superficial chips and cracks may not initially seem like a problem, but over time, they trap additional beverage stains. Some teeth aren’t shaped attractively. They may be healthy and strong, but have bumps or dimples in the enamel. Any one of these situations (and most of us have a few) spoils the luminescent quality of your smile. Light does not reflect evenly and attractively from flawed tooth enamel.
Porcelain dental veneers to the rescue
Dental veneers are about the thickness of a contact lens. They are made of a strong, durable material. Porcelain almost perfectly mimics the light-reflective qualities of tooth enamel, and it resists stains. These thin shells are adhered to the visible surfaces of teeth that show when you smile to disguise enamel flaws.
Porcelain veneers can also be used to give the appearance of straighter teeth, without the need for orthodontics. Veneers can close gaps between teeth, and improve the length of short or worn down teeth.
The veneers process is straightforward, but very precise. It begins with a complimentary consultation. Dr. Martin talks with you about your smile – what bothers you, and what you would like to accomplish. If dental veneers are the best choice, teeth are prepared. This involves removing a very small amount of surface enamel so that veneers will fit snugly and look natural. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where the veneers are fabricated in a few weeks. You return to Richmond Smile Center to have veneers bonded into place. With a final polish, your new smile is now free of visible enamel flaws and other imperfections.
Would you like to learn more about porcelain dental veneers? Call the dentist best known throughout the Richmond and Richmond, VA area for his technical skill and artistic touch – Dr. Martin at Richmond Smile Center. The number is 804-417-7203.
Last Updated - June 2016
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