Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 13, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Would you like to rejuvenate the appearance of your smile? Here at our Charlottesville office, your dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, is happy to help! One of his most popular ways to achieve this smile makeover is through a cosmetic treatment called porcelain veneers. Natural-looking and durable, these thin laminates cover many small defects and strengthen tooth enamel, too. Read on to learn if they are right for you!

No one is perfect

Few people naturally come by stunning Hollywood smiles. Fortunately, if you have dental defects such as small gaps, irregularly shaped teeth, chips, or deep stains, porcelain veneers from your Charlottesville dentist could be your solution!

Veneers are custom-shaped pieces of high-grade ceramic, custom sculpted one-by-one to cover the front of teeth in the smile zone at the front of the mouth. Most veneer makeovers require minor enamel reduction to allow the laminates to bond, fit, and function properly within the mouth. This gentle procedure removes about one-half millimeter of tooth surface and makes veneers a permanent refurbishment. In other words, once you wear porcelain veneers, you always will.

The veneer treatment

The veneer process starts with a complete dental examination to discuss your desired changes and to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment. With an agreed-upon plan, Dr. Tisdelle can begin your procedure right away. Besides the resurfacing, he will:

  • Take oral impressions and photos
  • Install temporary laminates
  • Send a plan to a trusted dental lab where a technician will sculpt each veneer

When you return to the office in a week or two, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and use a specially-formulated adhesive to bond the new ones over your teeth. He can then vary the shade of the bonding cement to optimize the natural look and color of veneers so that your smile remains seamlessly beautiful. Finally, a UV light is used to cure the cement, and your smile is complete!

Caring for your new smile

If you routinely floss and brush as Dr. Tisdelle advises and also see him for your six-month cleanings and examinations, your veneers should last ten years or more. However, you should make sure to stay away from super-hard foods and biting on your fingernails.

Find out more

Dr. Michael Tisdelle and his team want their patients to have healthy smiles that they can truly enjoy, and cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, help them achieve their long-desired aesthetic smile goals. To learn more, contact the office team here in Charlottesville: (434) 977-4101.