When you smile, do you try to hide a discolored or chipped tooth? Kevin J. Welch, DDS, at Tenth Street Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana, wants to help you smile brighter with dental veneers. If you’re worried about the appearance of your teeth, call the office for available appointment times with Dr. Welch or book an appointment online right now.
Dental veneers are a thin shell or covering for your tooth. The veneer covers the surface of your tooth with precise shape, size, and color, making it indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dr. Welch uses veneers for enhancing the appearance of your smile as a cosmetic procedure. Because veneers aren’t invasive, the procedure is considered pain-free, with most patients not even needing anesthesia.
Some teeth become thin, stained, or chipped with use. Dr. Welch suggests veneers as a solution for correcting these cosmetic issues. Some common reasons Dr. Welch uses veneers on your teeth are:
Dr. Welch and his experienced staff will evaluate your teeth and explain if you’re a candidate for dental veneers.
Dental veneers are typically made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers offer higher stain resistance and durability, as well as a more natural look in color and shape.
Resin veneers aren’t as durable but are generally less expensive. Dr. Welch applies them directly to your tooth then shapes them instead of having a laboratory make them, like porcelain veneers.
Dr. Welch recommends two visits for dental veneers. During your first visit, he prepares your tooth for bonding of your veneer. He may file down your tooth slightly, which helps the veneer bond tighter. After he prepares your tooth, he takes a mold of it.
If you receive a porcelain tooth, the mold gives the laboratory the exact shape and size of your tooth needing the veneer. Dr. Welch may place a temporary veneer on your tooth until your permanent one is ready. If you receive a resin veneer, Dr. Welch applies it after preparing your tooth for bonding.
During your second visit, Dr. Welch removes your temporary veneer. He checks it for proper fit then places it onto your tooth. Once he places the veneer, he makes any adjustments or addresses any concerns about the way it looks. When both you and Dr. Welch agree with the look of your veneer, he bonds it permanently into place.
Having to hide your smile because of a discolored or broken tooth isn’t ideal. Speak with Dr. Welch at Tenth Street Dental about restoring your smile. Book an appointment online or call the office and speak with the warm and friendly staff today.