If you’re looking for a simple way to improve the appearance of your smile, veneers are a popular and effective solution. Veneers can help you address a number of concerns like stained, chipped, and worn down teeth. At Ideal Smiles of Stamford, Natalia Silva, DDS, and her team provide high quality, natural-appearing veneers. To find out if veneers are right for you, book an appointment at the office in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, by phone or online today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin coverings that are bonded to the surface of teeth to improve their size, shape, color, and alignment. Veneers are custom-made and have the appearance of your natural teeth. Veneers can help you address:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps

Veneers can help you achieve your desired smile and improve your confidence. At Ideal Smiles of Stamford, Dr. Silva and her team offer both traditional and prepless veneers. 

What are traditional veneers?

Traditional veneers are customized coverings made from tooth-colored material, either porcelain or composite resin. 

Porcelain veneers are made from impressions of your teeth. The impressions help Dr. Silva determine the right size and shape you’ll need to achieve your desired look. 

Composite veneers are sculpted and bonded directly on the tooth. Composite veneers are made from the same material as composite fillings. Once sculpted, the veneer is cemented using a specialized light.

Both types of traditional veneers require your teeth to be prepped before the procedure. To prepare your teeth, Dr. Silva removes about half a millimeter of your tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. Traditional veneers require permanent alterations to the natural tooth to achieve a natural appearance. Once bonded, veneers provide you with a permanent solution to your cosmetic concern. 

What are prepless veneers?

Prepless veneers don’t require your natural teeth to be reshaped prior to the procedure. Prepless veneers can be applied without removing your tooth enamel and are perfect for patients who want to improve their smile but don’t want to remove healthy tooth enamel. Prepless veneers can be removed, leaving your natural teeth just as they were before the procedure. 

How should I care for my veneers?

To get the most out of your veneers, it’s important to practice proper oral hygiene. Be sure to care for your veneers just as you would your natural teeth, brushing twice a day and flossing. 

Just like natural teeth, veneers can also crack or chip under enough pressure. Avoid biting or chewing hard objects like ice, hard candy or popcorn kernels. 

To find out which type of veneer is right for you, book an appointment at Ideal Smiles of Stamford by phone or online today.