Dental veneers are often the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front of the teeth. Many people cannot afford expensive orthodontic treatment, or they simply want a faster route to improving their smile’s appearance. Dental veneers are a great option for most people. Veneers are ultra thin shells of porcelain or composite resin material that are bonded to the front of the teeth. Veneers can hide imperfections such as stains, gaps in the teeth, and slightly crooked teeth.
Teeth must be prepared in order for the placement of veneers. The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the slight thickness that the veneers will add to the teeth. Usually about half of a millimeter is removed from the teeth, and this may require the use of an anesthetic. After the teeth are prepared, the dentist will carefully bond and sculpt the composite resin material onto the teeth.
For patients who are having porcelain veneers, a mold will be taken of the teeth and sent off to a laboratory for fabrication. But the bonding procedure is relatively the same. The color of the teeth can be adjusted with the shade of the cement used to attach the veneers. So when you try on your veneers before final placement, pay special attention to their color as this is the only point in which their color can be altered. Once they are ready, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly with specific chemicals to achieve a strong bond. The cement will be applied, the veneers will be placed, and a special light will be used to cure the bond between the veneer and the teeth.
Patients are often amazed at the immediate improvement of their smile. For a week or two, people may have to get used to the feel of their new teeth, and they will see their dentist for a follow up appointment to check on the placement and bonding. With proper oral hygiene of brushing and flossing daily, dental veneers can last for a long time and give you the smile you have always wanted.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid
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