The University of Aberdeen in Scotland conducted a study in 2011 asking men and women to evaluate attractiveness based on just a set of photos of people’s faces. Both men and women were perceived as more attractive when they were smiling and looking directly into the camera. If you’re hiding your smile or feel less than confident in the appearance of your smile, you may be missing out on opportunities to make great first impressions. If you want to brighten, straighten, or perfect your smile, call Deborah E. Lesem, DDS and her New Orleans team to find out more about porcelain veneers during a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain affixed to the front facing surfaces of teeth. The porcelain veneers are about the size and width of a fingernail. Once in place on the front of the tooth, your smile will look and feel flawless.
Porcelain veneers are placed over the course of two dental appointments. During the initial appointment, we need to prepare your teeth. A small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front of the tooth to allow the veneer to lay flat within the smile line. Then, we capture bite impressions. These impressions are sent to the dental lab where a custom porcelain veneer is crafted to fit within the natural smile line. In the meantime, we will place a temporary veneer to protect the smile. Once we receive your custom veneer from the lab, you’ll return to exchange the temporary for your final porcelain veneer.
There are numerous reasons why patients would want to consider porcelain veneers, including:
No cosmetic dentistry service is right for every patient, but if you do decide to move forward with porcelain veneers, you can expect numerous benefits, including:
You won’t need to make many changes to your daily oral hygiene routine. Simply use a minimally abrasive toothpaste and soft toothbrush to avoid unnecessary levels of enamel wear. You also need to avoid bad habits like using your teeth to open packages or crack nuts, biting finger nails, or chewing ice. If you participate in athletic events, you’ll want to wear a protective sportsguard, and if you experience chronic teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), use a nightguard to protect your smile.