Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico offers a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures including ceramic restorations, or veneers, to conceal imperfections including misalignment, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth and discoloration. Dr. Wall discusses the veneer process and the lasting benefits enjoyed by patients.
Our ceramic restorations that we apply, generally to the front of the teeth, which look pretty, strengthen the teeth, make up for any fractures, any cavities, problems there have been, as well as just look beautiful. We treat cracked teeth, we treat stains, cavities. All of patients with wear, that have just worn them out, crooked teeth. People who say: “I could do great. I could orthodontics, but I don't have 3 years.” I want them to look good now. I can make them straight teeth.
Once we establish that our guest wants veneers, then our process is to actually do the veneers in wax and plaster first, with a smile design that we've setup. Years ago, we pretty much just had to plan it, prepare the teeth, and hope that our laboratory made us look good. Now we do enough steps beforehand; we've really already done the case in wax and plaster. Make sure that our guest likes what they see before we ever sit down. Actually doing the procedure then is much quicker, there's virtually no discomfort involved. Patients leave, having been prepared for a set of veneers, with temporaries that look fantastic. They get to try that out. They get to see; do we have all the angles right? Do we have the length right? Do we have the color in the right ballpark? Then we reevaluate that, and make sure we make any modifications to how we designed their smile.
We look at a lot of before-and-after pictures as we're getting ready to take care of somebody. You can see it right in those pictures; you can see the timid smile, the half-smile, or the best that we could get out of them to show their teeth. Then that big, beautiful smile when they're finished, and how happy they are with the results. That's a huge gratification. In fact, some of the more dramatic cases we've done, I get asked all time, “Did she cry? Did he cry?” I say, “Hell. We all cry.”
If you don't like your smile, veneers may very well be a great option for it; at least one of the options that you have.