To get dental veneers, the very first thing you need is a smile consultation with your dentist.
Your dentist will help you make sure that your teeth are good potential candidates. They should be mature and the jaw fully-developed. Overall, your smile will also have to be free of disease.
Once you’re cleared for treatment, the next step is designing how you want your smile to look. Not all veneers are the same. In fact, they are individually-designed for each tooth. Working with your dentist, you get to pick out the color and shape of the final restoration and basically figure out how you want your smile to ultimately look.
The Treatment Phase
At your first veneer appointment, the dentist trims away a bit of the enamel on the front of the teeth. Otherwise, classic porcelain veneers would feel too bulky. Next, he or she takes a mold of the prepared teeth and sends that along with designs off to a veneers lab.
You won’t go home with altered-looking teeth. Instead, the dentist fits you with temporary (often acrylic) veneers to protect your smile. In a matter of days or a couple weeks later, you’re called back in to get your permanent new veneers bonded in place.
Why Try Veneers?
As a dental veneer covers only the front of a tooth, it’s not meant to provide structural support. But it does benefit your tooth by giving it a smooth and flawless appearance.
You can repair just one tooth or several and hide stain, old fillings, small fractures, and gaps all with the help of veneers. Ask your dentist how.
Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Many Johns Creek cosmetic dentists feel that one of the most fulfilling of all dental specialties is cosmetic dentistry, because here the dentist has the opportunity to improve their patient’s smile and the appearance of their teeth, which often leads to the patient feeling better about their appearance. Often patients have teeth that are severely discolored, misaligned, crooked, unevenly spaced, gapped, chipped or too short. Dental porcelain veneers can correct all of these conditions and is a very popular and economical cosmetic dentistry procedure.
The first step in the process is for the dentist to perform a complete dental exam and determine if dental veneers are the correct cosmetic dental solution for the patient’s problem. If the veneers are the right solution the dentist will choose one of two types of veneers available in the marketplace. The first option is a standard veneer, which requires the dentist to prep the tooth for the veneer. The second option does not require any prep work and the veneers are directly cemented to the tooth. The one selected will be based upon the dentist’s experience in determining the best option for the patient. Once the type of veneer to be used is determined, the dentist will match the color of the veneers with the teeth that are not getting veneers. The goal is to have the colors match as closely as possible and appear to be natural. Depending upon the type of veneers used, the patient may only need two visits, while in other cases three or more visits may be necessary, due to the prepping of the tooth to receive the veneer.
Once the veneers arrive from the lab, the installation process is painless and quick. In a matter of a few hours at the dentist office spread out over several visits it is possible to have a brand new smile!
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
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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