With a focus on aesthetic treatments, Drs. Tracy Davis and Jim Oslica of Excel Dental are pleased to provide solutions for individuals interested in enhancing their natural smile. Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, and when it comes to imperfections present on the front teeth, patients may find themselves embarrassed or self-conscious about these issues and how they impact the first impressions they give to others. At Excel Dental in Ozark, MO, our dentists are excited to offer solutions that can help, including the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are best described as a cosmetic dentistry restoration used to cover and disguise imperfections present on the anterior, or “front,” teeth. Veneers are essentially a thin shell that is custom-made for a patient. It bonds onto the front of the tooth to address imperfections, including teeth that are:
When a patient consults with their dentist to determine if they are a good candidate for veneers, they often wonder if a veneer is the best way to improve their smile. Many patients find that this solution is a smart investment in their appearance and are excited to find an option that meets their unique needs. During a consultation visit with our dentists, patients can determine if veneers are a good fit for their specific situation.
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are patients who have an otherwise healthy smile but want to cosmetically change the appearance of one or more teeth near the front of the smile. Patients need to understand that the natural tooth underneath the tooth is still susceptible to periodontal disease and tooth decay, so routine visits to the dentist and a proper home routine is necessary. Patients serious about obtaining porcelain veneers will undergo a thorough evaluation with Drs. Tracy Davis and Jim Oslica to start.
Once patients have decided to have a veneer made and placed, they visit the office for preparations. The dentist will remove a thin portion of tooth enamel from the tooth’s front face, roughening it to allow for better adhesion. Impressions are completed to create a mold of the prepared tooth or teeth. A dental laboratory will then fabricate the final restoration using information from the dentist regarding the size, shape, and color of the veneer. Patients will have a temporary veneer put in place until their final veneer is completed. A return visit to the dentist occurs to remove the temporary veneer and bond the final restoration in place.
Most patients will find that their restorations can last a decade or longer with proper care and attention. This is because porcelain is a strong and durable material that is stain-resistant, allowing it to look great for many years.
Ozark, MO, area patients interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic solutions that are “near me” are welcome to book a consultation visit with our staff. Drs. Tracy Davis and Jim Oslica work closely with new and established patients to help them achieve the smiles of their dreams! We have a wide selection of services for our patients who are considering cosmetic treatments. Schedule an appointment by calling (417) 581-3600 and visiting the office, conveniently located at 1701 West James River Road.