Porcelain Veneers in Fort Collins
Have you ever met someone with a warm, friendly smile and been drawn automatically to them? That’s what smiles do—they help us express our thoughts and feelings and make connections with others. And a beautiful smile says warm, friendly, and confident.
Can you remember the last time you smiled with that much assurance? If not, the team at Centre Family Dentistry wants to help. You deserve to enjoy the self-confidence and enriched life that comes with having a smile that draws others to you, a smile that makes you feel good about you.
If you feel self-conscious about smile flaws like chipped, broken, or misaligned teeth, we recommend cosmetic dentistry and treatments like porcelain veneers that are sure to help you love your smile again!
If you would like to schedule a veneers consultation—or explore other cosmetic dentistry options—we invite you to contact a friendly team member to get started.
And continue reading through the subjects below to learn more about our porcelain veneers in Fort Collins, CO.
- What Are Porcelain Veneers?
- Dental Veneers Hide a Multitude of Smile Flaws
- Two Visits to Your Dream Smile
- Porcelain Veneers Following Bruxism and TMJ Treatment in Fort Collins, CO
- Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Have you ever leafed through a magazine or watched a film and noticed the “celebrity teeth?” They are flawless—symmetrical, bright, with an excellent tooth-to-gum ratio. They look natural but beautiful. Chances are good you were looking at porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin but durable tooth-colored shells that fit across the front of your teeth. They are customized to match your smile in shape and color, and you can choose as many veneers as you would like to enhance your smile, concentrating on the smile line or the teeth that show when you grin and laugh.
Your Fort Collins, CO dentist relies on porcelain because the material can be polished and shaded to look just like your teeth. It is also strong and dependable.
Because we bond porcelain veneers to your teeth, after removing a bit of porcelain to encourage an even flush with your surrounding teeth, they are considered a permanent restoration.
Dental Veneers Hide a Multitude of Smile Flaws
Porcelain veneers are versatile because they are thin, tooth-shaped shells of porcelain that we place on the front surfaces of teeth to conceal aesthetic flaws. Since we customize veneers to any shape, shade, and size we need, they address a wide range of smile flaws:
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Stained teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth that look too short
- Smiles that are too gummy
The great thing about veneers is that you may only need one or two to restore the balance and harmony of your smile. Or, if you want a dramatic celebrity-style smile makeover, a full set of veneers will help you achieve that red-carpet look you’ve dreamed of.
Imagine feeling confident during that big job interview or just going about town with a smile that is the envy of passersby.
Two Visits to Your Dream Smile
You won’t believe how great your smile will look, and we can typically complete the process of placing new dental veneers at our dental office in two appointments:
During the first appointment, Dr. Humbert prepares the teeth he’s treating by removing a thin layer of dental enamel to ensure that the shell flushes with your gums and is not bulky.
Next, we’ll select the perfect shape and color of white for your veneers, so they blend seamlessly with your smile. Some patients decide to have professional teeth whitening before placement, which allows them to choose a lighter veneer shade—veneers will not lighten with teeth whitening therapy.
We take impressions of the prepared teeth to create temporary veneers and a model that we send to a custom dental lab where skilled technicians artfully craft your new veneers.
When your veneers come back from the lab in about two weeks, you’ll return to our office, so Dr. Humbert can check them for fit, make adjustments as necessary, and bond the porcelain shells securely to your teeth.
That’s all there is to it! Isn’t it exciting to think that you can achieve your dream smile that easily? You won’t believe the stunning results and how a more confident smile can change your entire outlook on life!
Our patients in Fort Collins and the surrounding communities have been thrilled with their new smiles.
Porcelain Veneers Following Bruxism and TMJ Treatment in Fort Collins, CO
Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth, particularly during sleep. Symptoms of bruxism include waking up with a sore jaw. As time goes on without treatment, however, you may notice more alarming symptoms:
- Shoulder and neck aches
- Jaw swelling
- Cracked, broken, or worn teeth
- An increase in cavities
While there are many causes, including injury, bruxism can also lead to TMJ or TMD—temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This condition means the moving joint that anchors your jaw to your skull is not working as it should. You may experience a clicking sound when chewing, migraines, and as time goes on, even a locking jaw.
Your dentist in 80526 offers bruxism and TMJ treatment to restore jaw function and prevent you from grinding and clenching. Therapy may involve specific exercises for the jaw and a custom device that prevents bruxism during sleep.
This custom nightguard gently stops your upper and lower jaw from coming together, so you can rest easy and wake up without symptoms.
Of course, ongoing bruxism wears down your teeth. If you would like to restore your smile, following successful treatment, porcelain veneers are a fantastic option—and an excellent way to put the pain from bruxism and TMJ behind you!
Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are a permanent restoration, so you want to be armed with best practices to keep them looking beautiful.
Of course, brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist are crucial because you do not want to develop an infection or decay on your treated tooth—or your other teeth, for that matter. Taking these steps lowers your risks for the most common oral health conditions that can threaten your teeth, gums, and cosmetic dentistry.
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism or TMJ, never go to sleep without your custom nightguard. You do not want to wear down your veneers or your teeth, and you certainly do not want fractures to impede your new smile.
If you are athletic or work around unpredictable machinery, we recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your veneers and your teeth from injury.
Also, you never want to use your teeth or your veneers to twist open a bottle cap or open a package. Use them for chewing and smiling only.
With good oral care and best practices, your veneers may last for decades!
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Fort Collins, CO
Are you ready to take your smile to the next beautiful level? Dr. Humbert and the team at Centre Family Dentistry would love to be part of your plans for creating a smile you can’t wait to show off.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you, call us to schedule an appointment.
We proudly restore smiles in Fort Collins, Timnath, Windsor, Greeley, Severance, and all surrounding communities.