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By Dr. Melissa Smith
July 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but looks certainly play an important role when it comes to your smile. While good oral health is veneersa top priority, studies have shown that most people admit to wishing for cosmetic improvements to their teeth - and for good reason. Even healthy teeth and gums can suffer from cosmetic damage that can lead to low confidence and self-esteem, as well as negative first impressions both at work and in social settings. But you don't have to live with a mediocre or damaged smile. Dr. Melissa Smith, a dentist in St. Peters, MO, recommends porcelain veneers to reshape your smile and fix common cosmetic damage.

A Brand New Smile with Porcelain Veneers in St. Peters, MO

Veneers can change the size, shape, and color of teeth damaged by common dental issues like stains and discolorations, chips and cracks, and mild to moderate gaps and spaces (if you have bite and alignment issues, you may need orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth and protect your oral health).

A dental veneer is a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that the dentist bonds onto the surface of a tooth to change the size or shape. Veneers are a minimally invasive and natural looking solution to cosmetic damage to your teeth, or if you simply don't like the way your smile looks and would like to make aesthetic changes to the smile you were born with. They are also used for restorative procedures, like to seal a tooth after root canal therapy.

With good oral hygiene and care, veneers generally last between five to ten years, but often much longer.

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For more information about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (636) 447-6060 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith today.

By Dr. Melissa Smith
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you've even glanced at the covers of magazines, you've noticed the stunning smiles that grace their covers. For most of those veneerscelebrities, it's not just good genetics at work: it's veneers! Bright, straight teeth enhance your entire face, giving you the confidence you need and others a great first impression. With porcelain veneers from Dr. Melissa Smith, your dentist in St. Peters, MO, you too can have a Hollywood worthy smile! Here's how.

What are veneers?

Veneers cover up visible teeth that have cosmetic flaws but are otherwise healthy. Each veneer is made individually to fit over the teeth that show when you smile; your St. Peters dentist typically recommends 4 to 10 veneers for the bottom and top teeth, depending on how broad or narrow your smile is. Veneers are shaped, painted and shined in a dental laboratory out of porcelain, a ceramic material that offers both strength and realism. The result is a straight, white and unblemished smile!

What do veneers fix?

With veneers, you don't have to "pick and choose" cosmetic dental procedures to fix what's wrong with your teeth, because veneers are extremely versatile. They cover up damage like chips and cracks, smooth out spaces and overlaps, and mask discoloration that whitening might not be able to improve.

How are veneers applied?

The process of veneers starts with a consultation to review your goals, take measurements, and make sure your teeth are healthy. In order to ensure a comfortable fit, your St. Peters dentist will need to remove a layer of your natural teeth's enamel. This puts the veneer in line with your gums, as well as giving it a better attachment surface. Dr. Smith uses the latest in dental bonding cement to ensure that your veneers will stay in place for many years to come.

Veneers might sound too good to be true, but at Dr. Smith's office in St. Peters, MO, they're very much a reality! Contact our office today to set up your initial consultation!

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