What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth to provide a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. These dental veneers are bonded to the teeth with resin cement. Porcelain material is not as stable but when it is firmly bonded to the tooth it can become very strong and durable. We can actually complete a veneer in a single office visit using CAD/CAM technology while you are in the dental chair.
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To prepare your teeth for veneers, we will remove about one millimeter of enamel from each tooth’s surface, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Next, we will take an impression of the inside of your mouth, form a mold, and send it to a dental laboratory where your veneers are custom made by a dental technician. Once it’s ready, we will bond the veneer to your teeth with a special cement.
Will Veneers work for you?
Teeth that are discolored, chipped, decayed or poorly shaped are good candidates for veneers. They are also beneficial in situations involving a slight gap between two teeth as well as for minor crowding and bite-related problems.
Porcelain veneers can be a viable option. If they can work for you, it can be part of the design process. Let us know what you want corrected and what you’re looking for in your new improved smile. With cosmetic imaging as an option, you may even be able to see a preview of the new you.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Besides having the best teeth around, one of the values in porcelain veneers is that very little tooth structure is lost, and you may need little to no anesthesia for some treatments. The materials used to make them also provide resistance to stains from coffee, tea and other foods that natural teeth don’t protect against as easily.
It is important to remember that because some enamel is removed, the procedure is irreversible. Also keep in mind that once cemented, the color cannot be corrected. You may have some temperature sensitivity for a few days, as well. Veneers are strong, but they can be damaged by chewing ice and biting your fingernails, so you’ll need to kick those habits, should you have them.
How to Take Care of Them
You’ll want to treat your new porcelain veneers just as carefully as you do your own teeth. Keep your normal oral hygiene routine, but use nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste, which keeps you free of decay without aggravating the veneers themselves. Your dentist or dental hygienist should also use a nonabrasive polish during regular cleaning appointments. If you clench or grind your teeth, we may also suggest a night-guard to protect your veneers from damage while you sleep.
Even those who are the most self-conscious about their teeth can see a major change from porcelain veneers. As author and spiritualist Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Find out if the source of your joy is in a new set of porcelain dental veneers.
Reminder of What To Expect During a VENEER Procedure
Your dentist will remove a small amount of the tooth surface to permit placement of the veneer.
An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to the dental laboratory.
The dental veneer is then made to fit the tooth and mouth.
The veneer is bonded to the tooth with resin cement.