Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure for improving the appearance of a patient’s smile. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth to improve the tooth’s color, shape, size, or alignment. Porcelain veneers are often preferable to crowns or caps because placement of veneers is much less invasive than a crown or cap. Extensive tooth shaping is necessary for placement of a crown, but only a thin layer of enamel must be removed where the veneer is to be bonded to the tooth.
The procedure for placing porcelain veneers can be completed quickly compared to orthodontic treatments. Depending on the type of treatment, orthodontic treatments can take six months to three years to complete and the patient usually has to wear a retainer indefinitely to maintain tooth alignment. Only two or three dental appointments are necessary for getting dental veneers and the process can be completed in four to six weeks.
During the first two appointments, your cosmetic dentist will evaluate your teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the surface of your teeth to allow placement of the veneer without it feeling or looking too bulky. Impressions of the teeth will be taken and sent to the lab for use in creating custom made veneers.
When the veneers are ready, the surface of the tooth is cleaned, polished and etched to help the cement adhere to the tooth. After making a few adjustments to perfect the fit, the veneer will be cemented into place. The cement dries quickly so when you leave the office, you will have a new set of beautiful veneers ready to go.
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