Veneers are custom devices fitted over the natural teeth to enhance your smile. They can be considered visual camouflage to cover up teeth that are damaged or broken. Veneers are often attached to the teeth at the front, which leads to a modification in their color, size or length, or overall shape. They have gained popularity in the last decade, as they are able to give you immediate results.
Dental veneers can be made using porcelain or resin. Porcelain veneers offer an upside in that they can withstand stains more effectively than resin veneers. They are also better equipped to imitate the light reflecting properties that are inherent in all natural teeth. Resin veneers are sleek and there’s no need for removing a large chuck of tooth surface before placing it. You need to speak to your dentist about the most suitable option.
What Kind of Problems Are Fixed By Dental Veneers?
Veneers are often used for fixing:
- Teeth that are discolored due to root canal procedures, abnormal fluoride levels, huge resin fillings & other factors
- Teeth that have become worn out
- Chipped or broken teeth
- You can also use veneers to even out the teeth that are improperly aligned or are uneven. They are also used for bulging teeth or teeth with large gaps.
- They can be used to bridge the huge gaps between teeth.
How Does One Get A Dental Veneer?
Receiving dental veneers typically requires a few trips to the dentist.
Planning the Diagnosis & Treatment Procedure
Take the opportunity to inform your dentist about the desired results. The dentist examines the teeth to decide on the most appropriate dental veneers suited for you. She will explain the nuances of the treatment process and will explain the shortcomings of the same. At times, the dentist may also need to take an X-ray and take the impression of your mouth & teeth.
The dentist will have to remove approximately ½ millimeter of enamel from the surface of the teeth before the tooth is ready for a veneer. This will be replaced by the veneer, which will be of identical thickness. The dentist will decide if you require a local anesthetic for comfort. After this, the dentist will make a model or an impression of the tooth. This model is sent to a dental laboratory where your veneer is designed and fabricated. Normally the dentist will get the veneer from the laboratory within 15 days. You can opt for temporary dental veneers to protect the prepared teeth until the final restorations are placed.
Prior to completing the dental veneer procedure, the dentist temporarily fixes it on the tooth to check its texture and fit. The dentist will keep on manipulating the position or modifying the shape as required in order to ensure that it fits perfectly. You can also modify the color of the veneer with the shade of cement utilized. Then you have to get the tooth ready to accept the veneer. The tooth is then cleaned and polished before being etched to roughen the tooth. This is needed to ensure a stronger bonding process. You may have to revisit the dentist for a routine follow up after a few weeks to examine the response of the gums to the veneer.
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Benefits of Dental Veneers
- eneers look very much like your natural teeth
- The gum tissue is able to adapt well to the porcelain.
- Porcelain veneers do not stain easily.
- You can choose the color of the porcelain veneer and make darker teeth whiter.
- Veneers provide an easy way to modify the shape and color of your teeth and they provide excellent cosmetic results.
The normal life span of dental veneers is usually around 5 to 10 years, after which you may have to replace them.
You don’t have to take any specific care for the dental veneers. You need to stick to the usual oral hygiene activities such as brushing and flossing as usual.
Although porcelain can withstand stains, the dentist may suggest that you try to avoid stain-causing foods and beverages.
Bonding & crowns are considered common alternatives to veneers. They are an appropriate solution for people wishing to modify the shape of the teeth.
Every patient is unique and an accurate cost estimate can be given only after the dentist examines your teeth. Usually veneers cost around 500 to 1300 dollars for each tooth. This cost may not be covered by insurance.
Everyone wants a perfect smile. In today’s world, with the media explosion, a Hollywood smile is something everyone strives for. For many individuals such a smile is attainable.
Veneers are thin shields of porcelain that are used to change the appearance of flawed smiles. Flaws may include stained teeth, chipped teeth or malformed teeth.
The thin shield is held in place by adhesives called luting cements. Veneers are usually fabricated in two steps; the first appointment would include preparing the tooth and taking impressions.
The second appointment would be the cementation. If the teeth are prepared for veneers then the dentist would more than likely fabricate a set of temporary veneers that are placed on the prepared teeth until the permanent ones are cemented.
Non-prep veneers are available, in which case one may not need the temporary veneers.
Veneers are not for everyone. Unlike crowns that offer complete coverage, patients with extensive decay do not qualify for veneers.
It is very important to have a thorough consultation with your dentist to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this kind of a restoration.
At Kings Dental, we offer a comprehensive analysis of whether you would qualify for this highly technique sensitive cosmetic treatment. If you are looking for a Garland Dentist, please give us a call to schedule your consultation.
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