If you need to repair a chipped tooth or you’re wanting to improve your natural smile with cosmetic dentistry, then dental veneers are a valuable treatment option available to you.
Essentially, veneers are thin shells that fit over the front of your natural tooth or teeth. Once applied to your teeth, veneers can help improve their appearance and help give you a more natural, uniform smile.
Dental veneers are typically used for people with the following problems:
Veneers are not an option for all patients or all teeth. Having one of the above issues does not guarantee that you are eligible for dental veneers.
Upon examination, your dentist could recommend an alternative procedure if:
Both types of veneers are excellent treatment options for correcting minor cosmetic issues with your smile. By choosing porcelain veneers, however, you’re receiving state-of-the-art treatment and long-lasting smile restoration.
Composite veneers are typically done in a single visit. Although they can improve your smile, composite resin veneers are usually a quick fix, as they tend to only last for a few years.
Your dentist will tell you that one of the biggest benefits of porcelain veneers is longevity. With proper oral hygiene and care, porcelain veneers can last 7-10 years or even longer.
Here are a few more benefits:
The dental veneer process usually takes place in three simple steps: consultation, preparation, and application.
At this first stage, you and your dentist will work together to make a plan. Your dentist will:
X-rays may be taken at this point, and the dentist may take impressions of your mouth and teeth.
To be ready for a veneer, your tooth surface needs to be reshaped. You may or may not receive a numbing agent, depending on how much of your tooth enamel needs to be trimmed. Next, an impression of your tooth will be made and sent off to a dental lab where your veneer will be made. This usually takes a few weeks, and you’ll receive a temporary veneer in the meantime.
The final step involves your dentist placing the veneer on your tooth and examining its fit and color before permanently attaching it. Your tooth will then be cleaned and polished. The dentist will also etch your tooth, which helps roughen the tooth, allowing for a strong bonding process. A block of cement is then applied to the veneer. The veneer is then placed on your tooth and a light beam is used to activate the chemicals in the cement, allowing it to harden quickly. Any excess cement will be removed, and your dentist will check your bite. A follow-up visit may be necessary to examine the veneer and your gums.
At Doc’s Dental, smiles are our specialty. Our dentists want what’s best for our patients and we’ll help you determine which service or services are best for you. Call our office today!