Veneers Specialist

Morrow County Dental

General Dentists & Orthodontists located in Mount Gilead, OH

Are you happy with your smile, or do you look in the mirror and wish you could find a quick way to improve broken, discolored, or uneven teeth? There is a solution: veneers. Dr. Leslie McDougall at Morrow County Dental has extensive experience applying porcelain veneers to quickly improve your teeth and give you a smile that will make you proud. If you have any questions, call her office in Morrow County, Ohio, to book an appointment.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

A dental veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain or other material that covers the surface of your teeth. Veneers are used to:

  • Hide imperfections like chipped, stained, and uneven teeth
  • Conceal gaps between teeth
  • Cover and strengthen eroded enamel
  • Create the appearance of straight teeth without braces or aligners

What materials are used to make veneers?

Dental veneers can be made from composite resin, but the team at Morrow County Dental prefers to use porcelain veneers. Porcelain can be customized to match the shade of existing teeth, and it has a translucent quality that makes it look more natural than composite resin. Porcelain veneers are also stronger and more resistant to staining than other types of veneers.

How are veneers applied to your teeth?

Porcelain veneers require little preparation and only a small amount of enamel is removed to make room for the veneer. By comparison, a larger amount of tooth surface has to be removed to create enough space for a composite resin.

After preparing your teeth, your dentist creates an impression that’s used to make the veneers. As soon as the veneers are ready and your dentist makes sure they’re a perfect fit, they will be permanently bonded to the surface of your teeth.

How long will porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are quite durable, but just like your normal enamel, they can become chipped or cracked. For example, biting down on hard objects can break both veneers and natural teeth. These tips will help ensure your veneers last:

  • Follow good oral hygiene: brush and floss at least twice daily
  • Wear oral protection: if you engage in contact sports, wear a mouthguard
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools: using your teeth to tear a package or open a nut is likely to damage your veneers
  • Treat teeth grinding: grinding or clenching your teeth can crack your veneers, so talk to your dentist about treatments

 

If your veneers become damaged, please schedule a checkup with your dentist as soon as possible, because a break in the veneer allows food and bacteria to get under the veneer and into your tooth, resulting in decay or infection.