One way Dr. Cave can drastically improve the aesthetics of your smile is with veneers.

porcelain veneers

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite material that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to give them a whole new look.

Veneers typically require minor reshaping of the tooth enamel in order to ensure the best look and fit, and, as such, they are typically best considered if other treatments can’t achieve the improvements you are looking for.

Some Reasons You May Consider Dental Veneers:


Tooth discoloration

A professional teeth whitening can produce fantastic results, but there are times where certain types of discoloration cannot be completely eliminated this way.


Damaged enamel

Your teeth can suffer chips and cracks, as well as general wear and tear over time. Age and diet can leave them looking dulled and less attractive than they used to be.


Gaps and uneven teeth

You may have spaces between your teeth, or teeth that are uneven and don’t line up properly.

Veneers can cover up damage, change the shape of your teeth, close small gaps, and give your smile a bright and youthful appearance.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation to see if veneers are the right option for you.

Getting Veneers

The procedure for veneers typically requires two visits to our office over the course of six weeks. You will need a thorough examination and treatment for any outstanding oral health concerns first.

After that, each tooth will need to be prepared for its veneer. Dr. Cave will work with you to choose the best tooth color for your veneers. A local anesthetic will be administered to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. Your teeth will be minimally reshaped in order to provide the best fit for your veneers.

For porcelain veneers, an impression will be made of your teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where your veneers will be fabricated. In the meantime, Dr. Cave may provide you with temporary veneers until the final ones can be placed. You will need to return to our office when your final veneers are ready for placement.

Caring for Your Veneers

Your veneers are quite durable and can last for many years before they require replacement. It’s important that you continue to see Dr. Cave and your hygienist for regular cleanings and exams to ensure the longevity of your veneers.

Be aware that veneers can not be repaired if they are damaged; fractured or chipped veneers will need to be replaced, so be careful with your teeth. Don’t use your teeth to open packages. Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects.

Your home care still involves brushing twice a day and flossing. You should use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging your veneers. While veneers are stain-resistant, it’s still advisable to brush after drinking coffee, tee, red wine, or soft drinks.

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