Chips or cracks in your teeth can be unsightly, especially if you have severe tooth discoloration as well. There are a variety of ways to fix these tooth imperfections using cosmetic dentistry options such as dental crowns, but the most popular among our Aurora patients is dental veneers. These thin shells are placed on top of your existing teeth to give you a stunning smile free from common flaws and pronounced imperfections.
Lumineers, or no-prep dental veneers, are another option we offer our patients who want their aesthetic concerns addressed with a thinner material that requires less enamel reduction. Our cosmetic dentists can help you determine if porcelain veneers or Lumineers are right for you. Your candidacy depends on the current state of your oral health and whether another cosmetic treatment will yield better results.
If you’re interested in porcelain veneers or Lumineers, please contact Highpoint Dental Care in Aurora, Colorado today at 303-617-9100 to schedule your exam. Our dentists offer free consultations to patients interested in extensive cosmetic or restorative procedures. We serve patients in Aurora, Centennial, Green Valley Ranch, Parker, and surrounding Colorado areas.
You have a variety of options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Some of the common questions we hear from patients include:
- What Are Dental Veneers?
- What’s the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers?
- What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
- What Are the Drawbacks of Veneers?
- What Is Involved in the Veneers and Lumineers Procedure?
- Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
- Why Choose Our Cosmetic Dentists?
- Schedule Your Veneers Consultation Today
Veneers are made of ceramic or porcelain, though porcelain is the most popular. They are thin shells approximately the thickness of a fingernail which is customized to suit your unique goals. These shells are adhered to your chipped, cracked, gapped, or crowded teeth to create a uniform smile similar to those you see on Hollywood stars.
Veneers are produced in our dental lab and made to match the color, shape, and size of your adjacent teeth. The materials used mimic the shine of your natural tooth enamel, making them blend seamlessly with your existing teeth.
Lumineers are a different type of dental veneer that requires “no-prep” or less tooth preparation than the traditional porcelain or ceramic veneer. Dental veneers require enamel reduction, which involves shaving down the surface of your teeth to make room for the shells. This preparation is necessary for the veneers to look like your existing teeth.
Lumineers are thinner than the average dental veneers, meaning they don’t require as much enamel reduction. Less preparation also means your teeth will remain largely intact, making this option reversible if necessary.
Which cosmetic dentistry option works for you will depend on your goals and oral health. We want to preserve your tooth as much as possible, while also ensuring natural-looking results. Our dentists often recommend dental veneers for their durability and ease of blending in with your other teeth.
Veneers are an excellent solution for a variety of aesthetic issues that can transform your smile into one you enjoy flashing off in your everyday life. They don’t require surgery, look natural, and need minimal recovery time. They’re stain resistant also, but one of the greatest benefits of dental veneers is the number of tooth flaws and injuries they can correct.
Veneers are an effective solution for issues such as:
- Severe discoloration that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening treatments
- Crooked or gapped teeth for patients who don’t want lengthy orthodontic work such as braces or Invisalign®
- Cracked or broken teeth due to injury or wear from clenching and grinding teeth
- Misshapen teeth that are longer or shorter than the opposing teeth
There are other options such as dental crowns that cover the entire tooth and protect it from tooth decay and dental implants to replace missing teeth. If you plan to do a smile makeover, it’s important to do teeth whitening treatments first because the veneers are made to match the current color of your teeth. A yellowish veneer surrounded by sparkling teeth will look strange and cause you to spend more in the future to correct the shade.
There are few drawbacks of porcelain or ceramic veneers. However, the most notable are the discomfort and high price associated with the veneer procedure.
Highpoint Dental Care can discuss your financing options and help you determine if your dental insurance will cover any of the cost. There’s a two-step process to veneers which involves an initial set of temporaries, so you’ll need to be careful about what you eat and activities you do with the temporary veneers.
Our cosmetic dentists will do what we can to make you feel comfortable during the veneer process, but you will be sore for several days following the enamel reduction and the final veneer placement. You can keep swelling down by using a cold compress and get plenty of rest to maximize your recovery time. You will want to take at least one day off of work.
The dental veneer process begins with your initial consultation at Highpoint Dental Care where you’ll discuss your cosmetic goals for your smile with Dr. Rowe or Dr. Baltz. We believe in full transparency and will be upfront about the total cost and walk you through the veneer procedure step by step, so you know what to expect during each visit. We will then take an impression of your teeth. That mold will be used to create your veneers, which takes one week or longer.
Our cosmetic dentists will prepare your tooth by removing a portion of the enamel (the surface layer of your teeth) to make room for the veneers. That ensures the shells lay flat against your teeth and are in line with your gum tissue. Temporary veneers will be placed on your tooth using a removable glue. You’ll wear them for several weeks, which gives you the opportunity to get used to their appearance, but you will need to brush gently and eat soft foods to avoid harming the temporaries.
When your permanent veneers are ready, you’ll come into our Aurora office again, and one of our experienced dentists will replace the temporaries with your customized veneers. You and Dr. Rowe or Dr. Baltz will see how they look using a water-based solution and adjustments can be made to fix any functional or cosmetic issues.
The final step in the veneer process is cleaning the tooth and permanent bonding of the veneer.
The Lumineer process works similarly, except there’s no need for temporary veneers or initial enamel reduction. We simply take an impression mold and use it to create your Lumineers, which often takes several weeks. Once they’re ready, you may need moderate tooth etching to establish a good fit.
Most of our patients are ideal candidates for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, but if you have gum disease or tooth decay, these problems must be addressed first. Additionally, dental crowns may be a better option if you’d like to fix a tooth that previously underwent a root canal. You must have a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene habits to achieve the best results with cosmetic dentistry.
Veneers and Lumineers aren’t your only options when it comes to tooth flaws. You may want to correct a number of issues with a smile makeover that can involve veneers, whitening, and replacing old silver fillings with tooth-colored ones. Many of our cosmetic procedures also offer restorative benefits such as dental implants, dental crowns, and bridges.
Every smile is unique, and our cosmetic dentists in Aurora believe in a customized approach to improving or restoring your smile. We offer free consultations to those looking for extensive cosmetic improvements and restoration.
Dr. Rowe or Dr. Baltz will spend at least one hour listening to your concerns and providing a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and support structures. During this complimentary consultation, we will use models and pictures to show you what your results may look like and will walk you through the veneer process from start to finish. We will also provide you with honest and upfront information about the cost of dental veneers and the length of time it will take to complete your treatment. We believe that educated patients make the best decisions and we are fully committed to making sure you are on-board with our recommendations before we progress with any treatment plan. If veneers are not right for you, we would be happy to discuss other options, including dental bonding, which may be more suitable for your needs.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, please contact our cosmetic dentists at Highpoint Dental Care today at 303-617-9100 to schedule your dental veneer consultation. Dr. Rowe and Dr. Baltz serve patients in Aurora, Centennial, Parker, and Green Valley Ranch, Colorado.