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Flawless Smiles with Porcelain Veneers

Laughing woman with beautiful smileIn 2011, a study was conducted by the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. The researchers found that men and women were more attracted to people who were smiling and making eye contact than those who weren’t. Give it a try yourself. Take a walk down the street with a smile. You’re more likely to see others smiling at you. Your smile opens you up to interactions with others, and it spreads to them too because they’re more likely to smile back at you. Smiling makes everyone happier because it releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin that are all necessary chemicals to stimulate peace and reduce stress. That may not seem important, but the fact of the matter is, millions of people in the US are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. That means they’re less likely to smile openly and more likely to be perceived as less attractive or less friendly. If you’re one of the many people hiding your smile, it’s time to contact Drake & Voto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We offer a wide range cosmetic dental services including porcelain veneers, a popular solution to transform the entire smile without spending months or years on more advanced services.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain that are affixed to the front facing surfaces of teeth to correct and conceal smile flaws. Before they’re placed, the veneers will resemble a fingernail.

How are Veneers Placed?

Porcelain veneers are placed in two appointments. During the initial appointment, we prepare teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the surface of teeth. Then, we capture impressions of the prepared teeth that will be used by the lab to craft your custom veneer. Before you leave, we’ll place a temporary veneer to protect the prepared teeth. When we receive the final veneer from our lab, we’ll call you to schedule a follow up appointment to exchange your temporary for a custom set of porcelain veneers.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for ten or more years. It really depends on how well you care for your smile, but with thorough daily cleanings and regular dental appointments, the average person can maintain their set of veneers for fifteen years or longer.

How Do I Care for My Veneer?

Once your porcelain veneers are in place, you can ensure they last for ten or more years by caring for them properly. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste for brushing your teeth. Avoid bad habits like using your teeth as tools to open packages and crack nuts, biting your fingernails, or chewing ice. You should also be sure to wear sportsguards during athletic events and mouthguards to protect your smile from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. You will also need to visit us at least twice a year for checkups, so we can repair any minor damage to extend the longevity of your veneers.

Who Should Consider Veneers?

Anyone who wants to conceal numerous cosmetic flaws and recreate a beautiful smile should consider porcelain veneers. They’re ideal for patients with deep set staining that doesn’t respond to traditional teeth whitening, patients with mild smile alignment or tooth spacing issues, and those who have several cracked or chipped teeth.

Call our Owasso dental office to schedule your visit with our caring dental experts. Dr. Jayson Voto and Dr. Hill Trammell provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental care to patients in Owasso, Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Tulsa, Skiatook, and surrounding areas.