Dental veneers are the ideal answer to numerous cosmetic and restorative concerns.
Your dentist can treat many cosmetic issues with veneers instead of crowns.
Dental veneers preserve more of the natural tooth structure and save some expense.
Veneers are ultra-thin, but very strong and durable.
They are porcelain or composite resin covers that can totally transform your smile.
They are often the perfect solution for:
- Teeth that are misshapen or crooked
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Poorly aligned (gaps) teeth
- Creating a consistently white or bright smile
A professional dental laboratory constructs veneers from highly accurate molds your dentist creates of the teeth being treated.
Before the Process
Before you can get veneers, you and your dentist must discuss your needs and expectations, as well as some factors that influence the suitability of veneers as a solution.
- Discuss your expectations and treatment options first – veneers are not perfect in all situations
- Understand the limitations of veneers and how long they might last
- Recognize that once the process of preparing your teeth is started, it cannot be reversed
- If you grind or clinch your teeth, veneers might not be the right choice
- Your teeth and gums must be healthy before starting the veneer preparation process
Dental Veneers – The Process
You may need to plan for two visits to complete the process.
As mentioned, veneers are ultra-thin, so the preparation process is usually quite painless and requires little if any anesthesia.
The dentist shapes the affected teeth by polishing and buffing them.
That process prepares them to receive the thickness of the veneers.
Then the dentist will take an impression and prepare it for the dental laboratory that will manufacture the veneers.
Next, a color or shade is selected from a special chart.
The laboratory matches the veneers to that color so that they will almost perfectly match your natural teeth.
On the next visit, your dentist or hygienist cleans the teeth and treats them with a special compound.
That treatment ensures a proper bond once the veneers are placed.
The dentist applies the bonding agent to the teeth and carefully places the veneers.
Finally, a special light source hardens the bonding agent, setting the bond.
Your veneers are now in place and they have transformed your smile!
After the Procedure
As with any prosthetic installation, it may take a few days for you to adjust to the feel of your veneers.
If after a few days, things still don’t “feel right”, your dentist will make needed adjustments.
Also be aware that even though they are durable, you can break or damage veneers.
They then need repair.
Avoid biting your fingernails, crunching ice or hard candy in your mouth or “nervous chewing habits” like chewing on pencils.
Be sure to practice good oral hygiene – floss and brush at least twice daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy; because that will protect your new smile.
We offer a full range of dental health care services, since we strive to be your complete oral health provider.
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