Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain or composite resin coverings used to correct teeth imperfections. They are bonded to the front surface of a tooth using dental cement. Dental veneers address several physical and aesthetic issues with our teeth.Dental veneers are tooth-colored.
These are strong, thin caps placed on top and on the sides of the patient’s teeth.Porcelain is ceramic and has a ‘’glass-like’’ smooth and impervious surface. They appear like natural teeth, so they offer a more natural tooth-like appearance. The enamel is slightly removed so that they are placed well. They do not stain and may last for more than 15 years.
They are not as expensive as porcelain veneers but don’t last as long and maybe stained over time. These dental veneers do not require the enamel to be removed before placement. They are easily replaced if broken or damaged.
A dental veneer procedure requires three visits to the dentist. At Open Wide Dental, a dental clinic in N 7th Ave, the dentist will make a diagnosis, prepare the veneers and apply them.
During diagnosis, the dentist examines your teeth, takes x-rays, and makes an impression of your teeth and mouth. Based on the patient’s dental goals, the dentist will discuss the benefits and costs of the procedure.
Preparation for dental veneers depends on whether the patient is getting porcelain or resin-based composite veneers. The teeth will need to be reshaped so that the veneers acquire the desired look. A grinding tool is used to create a rough texture on the teeth for the veneer to stick easily. Porcelain veneers require intensive prep work. The dentist removes some enamel off the tooth to be treated, then makes an impression. This impression is sent to the laboratory so that a permanent customized veneer is made. For resin-based composite veneers, the teeth are prepared, and suitable veneers are selected. These veneers do not require much preparation as minimal alterations to the teeth are made.
Fitting the veneers is the last stage of this procedure. The dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly so that bacteria are not trapped below the veneer. Anesthesia is administered to prevent pain and make the patient relax for the procedure. The veneers are first tested to determine whether they fit and if the color is suitable. If needed, adjustments are made then the dentist bonds them to the patient’s teeth.
Resin-based composite veneers are bonded and sculpted to the teeth, and ultraviolet light is used by the dentist to dry and harden the composite material. These new veneers are polished and smoothed to feel and look like real teeth. The dentist will give you an appointment a few days after the procedure to make sure that you are comfortable and the veneers are in place.
In cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers are a long-term solution.Make an appointment with our dentist at Phoenix, AZ, for a winsome smile.