Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom made materials designed for the purpose of restoring damaged, stained, crooked, or misshapen teeth.

Veneers (composed of resin or porcelain) placed on the fronts of teeth transform the appearance of them. Patients with teeth that have been affected by tetracycline, a root-canal, dark fillings, gaps, or injury are all candidates for veneers. Veneers are highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke as well. The life expectancy and stability, as compared to bonding, is significantly greater.

Treatment

A single procedure can treat one or more teeth. Often little or no anesthesia is required. Veneers, however, are usually irreversible because a small amount of enamel must be removed from the teeth to accommodate the shell.

Typically, the veneer procedure requires at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

Diagnosis and treatment planning will provide patients with an opportunity to share desired results and or specialized needs. Examining teeth will determine the receptivity of veneers.  Also, the dentist will discuss the routine and possible limitations of such a procedure. X-rays may be needed.

Lasting anywhere from one to two hours, the tooth preparation involves a light buffing of the teeth to compensate for the slight thickness and size of veneers. A local anesthetic might be used to remove up to a half-millimeter from the front of the tooth.

The mold taken is then to a laboratory to create the veneers. A dental lab technician receives the mold taken of the teeth to create the veneers.  Expect one to two weeks for the dentist to receive the mold back from the lab. During this period, temporary veneers may be required.

Water or glycerine help position the veneers onto teeth. Without permanently attaching the veneers, the dentist is able to determine their fit and shade of color in contrast to natural teeth. Trimming of the veneers and color adjustments will be made until a proper match is produced.

Teeth are then polished, etched, and cleansed with specific chemicals ensuring a strong bond is created.  Placing a special cement between the veneer and teeth,  lasers trigger a catalyst to harden the cement.  Finally, excess cement will be removed and final adjustments will be made as needed.

After Care

Changes in size and shape may occur during the two week period after the procedure. We will schedule a  follow-up appointment. Daily brushing and flossing are crucial during this phase. Although veneers are a close imitation to actual teeth they are not perfect. You may notice slight variations in color in your teeth.  However, natural teeth show these same contrasts. The dentist will check to determine the gum’s response to veneers and placement during the final appointment.

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