veneers in Forest Lake

Restore Your Smile & Confidence

Versatile, Durable Cosmetic Veneers

Cosmetic issues like minor tooth chips, stains, and gaps between your teeth can make you feel bad about your smile and your appearance. But you don’t have to hide your smile forever. With cosmetic dentistry, Forest Lake dentist Dr. Jonathan Siverson can improve your smile and enhance your self-confidence. Learn more about veneers below, and contact us to schedule your first cosmetic consultation now.

Forest Lake veneers

Understanding The Basics

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are strong, durable, thin “shells” of porcelain. They are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth, and are bonded directly to your natural front teeth to cover up imperfections in your smile, restore your confidence, and keep your teeth looking beautiful for years to come.

Because they are very durable, have the longest lifespan of any cosmetic treatment, and are custom-built to look extremely natural, veneers are the most popular and versatile cosmetic treatment at Forest Lake Smiles. Veneers can be used to treat almost any aesthetic issue with your smile such as minor chips, stains, uneven or misshapen teeth, gaps in the teeth, and more.

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What Can I Expect?

The Veneers Process

To begin the process, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siverson. He will examine your mouth, discuss your options for cosmetic treatment, and determine whether or not veneers are right for you. 

If you are approved, you’ll come back for your veneer preparation appointment. At this appointment, Dr. Siverson will clean your teeth and then numb the treatment area. Then, he’ll gently remove some tooth material from each tooth that will be getting a veneer.

This is necessary to make room in your mouth for the new veneers, and to ensure they bond tightly to your teeth. After your teeth have been prepared, Dr. Siverson will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab, where your veneers will be made.

You’ll be sent home with a set of resin (plastic) veneers that will protect your teeth temporarily, and you’ll come back in a few weeks after the lab has built your porcelain veneers and sent them back to our office. Then, Dr. Siverson will check each veneer to make sure it fits perfectly, and bond it in place permanently.

The Benefits

Of Porcelain Veneers

Wondering why you should choose porcelain veneers instead of other treatments like dental bonding? There are a few reasons that veneers may be a better choice for you.

First, they have an unbeatable lifespan. Veneers can easily last 10 to 20 years with proper at-home care, which is longer than most other types of cosmetic treatment. They also are completely stain-resistant, so your new veneers will never be discolored or stained.

Veneers also look and feel completely natural. The porcelain used to make them is matched to the natural color of your teeth and is similar to enamel in appearance and translucence. It also feels just like natural enamel!

Finally, veneers can cover up some issues that just can’t be treated with other cosmetic options, such as teeth with very severe stains or internal stains that can’t be resolved with teeth whitening. Learn more and find out if veneers are right for you by contacting Forest Lake Smiles.

Have Questions About Veneers?

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are not considered a temporary dental solution, but rather a long-term investment in your smile. They are designed to be durable and long-lasting, with the ability to withstand the normal wear and tear of everyday life. However, they are not necessarily permanent in the sense that they can last a lifetime without any need for replacement or repair.

The lifespan of veneers can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the material used, the quality of the dental work, and the patient's oral hygiene habits. Porcelain veneers, for example, are known for their durability and can typically last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or longer with proper care. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, may need to be replaced more frequently.

It's also important to note that getting veneers typically involves the removal of a small amount of your natural tooth enamel. This process is irreversible, which means that once you have veneers, you will always need to have some form of covering on your teeth, whether that's new veneers or another type of dental restoration.

Is Getting Veneers Painful?

The process of getting veneers is typically not painful, thanks to the use of local anesthesia. During the procedure, your dentist will numb the area to minimize discomfort. You may feel some pressure or vibration, but you should not experience any pain.

After the anesthesia wears off, it's normal to experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort for a few days as your mouth adjusts to the new veneers. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if you experience severe or persistent pain, it's important to contact your dentist as this could be a sign of a problem.

Remember, everyone's pain tolerance is different, and what one person finds comfortable, another may not. It's important to communicate with your dentist throughout the process to ensure your comfort.

What Happens To The Teeth Under Veneers?

Before veneers are placed, a small amount of the tooth's surface enamel is usually removed. This is done to make room for the veneer and to ensure a natural and comfortable fit. The amount of enamel removed is typically equivalent to the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, which is usually less than a millimeter.

Once the enamel is removed, an impression of your teeth is taken and sent to a dental lab, where your custom veneers are crafted. In the meantime, your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect your teeth.

When your permanent veneers are ready, your dentist will bond them to the front surface of your teeth using a special adhesive. The veneer essentially becomes a part of your tooth, protecting the underlying structure and providing a new, improved appearance.

It's important to note that because some of your natural enamel is removed during the process, veneers are considered a permanent procedure. If a veneer becomes damaged or needs to be replaced, your tooth will always need to be covered with a new veneer or another type of dental restoration.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Veneers?

Good candidates for veneers are people seeking cosmetic improvements to their smiles. If you have concerns about stained or discolored teeth, chipped or worn enamel, minor misalignments, gaps between teeth, or irregularly shaped teeth, veneers could be a suitable solution. It's important to have good overall oral health and a stable bite. While veneers can address various cosmetic issues, people with severe misalignments, active gum disease, or compromised tooth structure may need alternative treatments. Consulting with a cosmetic dentist is crucial to discuss expectations and determine if veneers are the right option.

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