IMPROVING SMILES IN BOULDER
A missing tooth lost by disease or injury can affect a person’s confidence and over-all health and well-being. Dr. David Evans can restore beauty to your smile with a cosmetic dental bridge made of natural, tooth-colored materials. A typical dental bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to either two surrounding natural teeth or dental crowns. This device or appliance is used to fill the void where a tooth has fallen out or has been removed. If left untreated, these spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, leading to further oral health concerns including jaw problems and/or periodontal disease. Dental bridges can preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy and attractive smile.
THE PORCELAIN VENEER PROCEDURE
During the initial visit, Dr. Evans will discuss the process of placing porcelain veneers and the options available including shapes, materials types, and color shades for designing your dream smile.
With a plan in place, Dr. Evans will prepare the teeth at the next visit by removing a very small layer of each tooth’s outer enamel making room for the veneer placement. Dr. Evans will then make a mold (or impression) of your teeth and send it to a dental lab where they create customized dental veneers for the teeth. The lab prepares the porcelain veneers in roughly 7 to 10 days. In the meantime, patients may choose to have temporary restorations placed on their teeth while waiting for the dental veneers to be prepared. When the veneers are complete the patient makes third and final dental visit. Dr. Evans will apply the permanent dental veneers to the tooth or teeth using a bonding material.
FOLLOWING THE PORCELAIN
Dental veneers should be cared for in much the same way as natural teeth; this includes daily brushing, flossing, and periodic check-ups. Given the proper care, porcelain veneers can preserve a smile for decades. Initially some cosmetic dentistry patients may experience hot and cold sensitivity in the teeth, however this sensitivity should lessen within a couple weeks. Porcelain veneers can withstand considerable force when a patient bites down, however they may fracture or break if twisted, therefore hard or sharp foods such as ice or pistachios should be avoided since they may cause undue stress to the veneers. If you tend to grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, Dr. Evans can fit you with a mouth guard that will protect your teeth and veneers.