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Las Vegas dental office describes how easily veneers are applied to teeth

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Veneers can just as effortlessly make stubbornly-stained teeth look a youthful and healthy white, as they can correct a gap-toothed smile or eliminate distracting chips and cracks. The process for this versatile procedure is easier than you may think. Hillside Dental provides options to improve teeth with veneers in Las Vegas.

How veneers are applied to teeth

Veneers are thin layers of material designed to replace damaged tooth enamel. Porcelain is often the material of choice, because it looks so much like natural tooth structure. It also feels and functions like the "real thing." Dr. Christopher Lim only uses the highest quality porcelain for an optimal combination of beauty and durability.

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Before veneers are applied with quality bonding agents, Dr. Lim examines your teeth and gums, and discusses your goals for treatment. Any cosmetic procedure starts with a foundation of oral health. Decay and disease can result in problems that you may assume are only cosmetic in nature; for example, chips, pits, dark spots, and stains may be tooth decay. These problems require restorative treatment such as fillings. Oral health conditions must be resolved prior to elective treatment, because veneers can make underlying problems worse. Plus, decay and gum disease will not go away on their own. You deserve appropriate care.

Failures arise when veneers are inappropriately selected as a treatment. Since Hillside Dental wants to ensure veneers and other procedures successfully last for many years, Dr. Lim may discuss or recommend alternatives such as Invisalign for spacing issues, or crowns to correct severely misshapen teeth.

If it's determined that veneers are best to meet your goals and needs, you can generally expect:
  • A little bit of preparation – Dr. Lim removes a very small amount of natural tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. Usually the enamel removed is no thicker than a contact lens.
  • Impressions – Hillside Dental uses comfortable, precision diagnostics such as digital X-rays and intraoral imaging, to collect the information needed to make your permanent veneers. Think of the impression as a model of your mouth, used as a guide for the lab technicians who will fabricate your veneers.
  • Placement – After the veneers are ready, you and Dr. Lim will assess their fit and appearance before the resin that bonds each veneer to natural tooth structure is hardened.
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Veneers are already quite thin. But Hillside Dental goes beyond what other dentists in Las Vegas may offer to their patients. They place Lumineers, a brand of veneer that is even thinner than conventional veneers. In fact, Lumineers are so ultra-thin that often, no enamel is removed to make room for them. The side effects that are sometimes associated with traditional veneers are eliminated; for example, anytime enamel is modified, there is a risk of developing tooth sensitivity.

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Lumineers may also be an option for patients who wish to make a dramatic difference in the appearance of their smiles but aren't quite ready to commit to permanent veneers. Once enamel is removed, it's gone for good. Likewise, any veneers that break must be replaced to restore the artificial enamel that protects your tooth. Lumineers, however, are considered a reversible procedure. You can have Lumineers removed at any time, because the tooth isn't reduced. The process of getting this ultra-thin alternative is no different than with permanent veneers, except for the preparation part.

Dr. Lim will address several considerations long before impressions are made, and veneers are placed, including:
  • Habits! Teeth-grinding, fingernail-chewing, and other habits wreak havoc on your natural teeth and can do the same with your veneers. The dental team will discuss ways to prevent damage to your veneers, such as appliances like customized night-guards.
  • Existing dental work. If you're unhappy with the color of crowns and other restorations, Dr. Lim will discuss ways to prepare your teeth, so veneers look uniformly beautiful, and to create the smile of your dreams.
To keep veneers looking and feeling like new, you'll want to give them same care that you give to your natural teeth. Keep up with routine exams and cleanings. Call 702-666-8584 to schedule your appointment at Hillside Dental.