Does your smile make you smile? Seriously, think about it. When you see your smile in a photo or in the mirror, does the smile you see make you happy? If not, then perhaps the time has come to do something. Dr. Megan Miller and Dr. Bob Williams at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, often use porcelain veneers to give people a smile worth smiling about.
Our smiles may look less than perfect for a variety of reasons, including:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or have irregular gaps
- Wear and tear that eventually causes teeth to become uneven
Porcelain veneers are an element of cosmetic dentistry designed to mask these flaws. But porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, do more than just hide damaged teeth—they protect teeth from further damage.
The What and How of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are modern dental wonders made of ultra-thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin that are adhesively bonded to the front of damaged teeth. Our dentists are able to match your new veneers to your natural tooth color, so you’ll have a smile that blends seamlessly with your other teeth.
Dr. Miller or Dr. Williams will first consult with you, assess your overall oral health and then together you’ll determine if porcelain veneers are the best option for you. If yes, then your teeth will be prepared for the veneers. A small amount of the tooth’s surface will be gently removed, so your permanent veneers will lay flush with your other teeth. You may need to wear temporary veneers while your permanent set are meticulously fabricated in a cosmetic dental lab.
Then, you’ll return to Lakes Dentistry and your new custom-designed porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth. If necessary, our dentists will carefully trim and shape your veneers for the most natural look possible. Smile! You’ve got porcelain veneers!
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers, or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Lakes Dentistry. We serve patients in Lakewood, WA, as well as the surrounding communities of Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.