Veneers

Plaza Family Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Kansas City, MO

Having small imperfections across your visible teeth might not warrant extensive dental work, but they can impede your confidence nonetheless. To give your teeth a more even and intact appearance, the team at Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri, offers durable porcelain veneers that look just like your natural teeth. If you’re interested in getting veneers, call Plaza Family Dentistry or book your consultation online today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are a relatively simple solution to tooth damage and imperfections that impact your smile’s appearance. They’re thin covers typically made of a material that imitates the natural opacity, shine, and color of your teeth. The dental team at Plaza Family Dentistry custom-creates them into a size and shape appropriate for your smile. 

While it’s hard to match up to the strength and durability of your natural teeth, veneers do a good job. They’re strong enough that you can continue eating what you want, chewing gum, and living life without taking extra steps to care for them. 

There are two types of veneers that you and your dentist can choose between:

Porcelain

Porcelain veneers look nearly identical to your natural teeth and are very difficult to stain. They’re durable and last for a long time, but they typically need to be replaced eventually because of wear and tear. 

Composite resin

Composite resin veneers are more cost-effective than porcelain veneers, but they’re not quite as strong. However, they’re easy to repair in cases of breakage.

What can veneers cover?

Veneers can cover and correct a variety of shapes, sizes, and spacing issues with your teeth. They can also cover damage if it’s only a cosmetic issue. You might consider veneers if you have:

  • Large or uneven gaps between your teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Chips
  • Cracks in the surface
  • Small teeth
  • Discoloration or staining

You can make your teeth look more uniform with several veneers or just one for a particularly problematic tooth. They’re typically only necessary for teeth that you can see when you smile or open your mouth. 

How do veneers stick to my teeth?

Veneers stay on your teeth thanks to a bonding process that takes place during an appointment at Plaza Family Dentistry. The process differs slightly depending on the type of veneer you get, but they’re generally the same.

They remove some of the enamel from the front of your teeth so the veneers won’t look bulky when you put them on. Next, they make an impression of your modified teeth to create veneers that fit perfectly. 

Once your veneers are ready, your dentist etches the backs of them slightly to make a rough surface that sticks to your teeth. They apply a glue-like bonding material to the veneer after checking it for fit, and then dry the bonding material with a bright light for 60 seconds. Finally, they polish the veneer and remove excess material from the edges. 

If you don’t like the shape, size, or color of your visible teeth, call Plaza Family Dentistry or book an appointment online to learn more about veneers today.