Dental veneers, also known as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers, are thin shells of tooth-colored material used to cover the surface of your teeth and alter their appearance. This cosmetic dental treatment can be used to improve the color, size or shape of individual teeth or whole sections.
Veneers are made of either resin composite materials or porcelain. Resin veneers are thin, requiring less tooth removal to place. Porcelain veneers are thicker but resist stains and reflect light more like natural teeth. Your dentist can help you decide which of these cosmetic dental procedures are right for you.
Cosmetic dental work involving veneers is usually used to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, worn down, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth.
Getting veneers usually takes three separate trips to the dentist. The first consists of a consultation and the other two create and then apply the veneers. Your dentist may choose to treat multiple teeth at once.
The first step of this cosmetic dental treatment is creating a diagnosis and treatment plan. Consult your dentist about what you’d like done and your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure you’re a good candidate for veneers. At this point you can ask any lingering questions, and your dentist may also take X-rays and impressions.
Cosmetic dentistry costs differ depending on the extent of the procedure, so don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about the price of your veneers.
In the preparation phase, your dentist will remove a half millimeter of enamel from the surface of your teeth to make room for the thickness of the veneer. You may need a local anesthetic during this phase of cosmetic dental treatment.
Your dentist will then make an impression of your teeth (or tooth) and send it to the lab that creates the veneers. This can take about 1-2 weeks depending on the laboratory, and temporary veneers can be placed at an additional cost if teeth are unsightly.
In your third appointment, your dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth. Before placing the cement, the tooth will be examined for fit or color and may be repeatedly placed, removed and adjusted until the fit and color is right. Your tooth is then cleaned, polished and roughened to create a better surface for bonding. After this, the veneer is placed, and a light beam activates the cement for quicker drying.
After an evaluation, you can leave your cosmetic dental clinic with bright new teeth! For more information see this.
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