What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a possible solution to help you achieve the look you desire. They are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth, a gap between teeth, or misshaped teeth.

Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth to give teeth a more classically shaped look. 

What’s the Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer?

Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.

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  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. This first step involves your active participation. Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. He or she also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
  • Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will reshape the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. your dentist will send the model to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. 
  • Bonding. Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit.

10 Things to Know Before Getting Dental Veneers

Veneers are an option

Everyone may find their benefits in veneers. They are not something you must do. You can still use them if you just don’t like the appearance of your smile, but most people get dental veneers to correct an issue like cracked or chipped teeth.

You don’t have to get veneers on all of your teeth

You can do only one tooth that has a grey cast on it or is chipped for example. You can also do only the front teeth, but what you need to know is that they must be fitted with your natural teeth and sometimes that’s not easy to do.

Temporary veneers could be made

After you let your dentist know what you want and discuss your needs with him, he can make temporary veneers out of a liquid composite. This is like a blueprint to make sure that you’re going to like the final result. That way you can decide if you want to move forward.

You might experience bonding sensitivity

Half of the patients get bonding sensitivity. That’s the reaction between your teeth and the bonding cement. The pain can last for six hours after the anesthesia. There’s an adjustment period after the procedure which lasts a few days. You’ll need to see your dentist so he can clear any excess of cement which is usually the cause of the pain.

Your gums will be sore

There’s an overall healing process for your gums as they need to reform around your new teeth. This will make them sore for some time so you might want to use some Ibuprofen to help you with the pain.

Veneers are quite an investment

Each veneer is customized and hand made before sending it to the ceramist to copy. That is why dental veneers are quite an expensive procedure. However, at Gallegos Family Dentistry we’ve thought about that and we offer the possibility of payment plans. This way anyone would be able to get the smile they deserve.

Veneers are not forever

With good care, dental veneers may last for up to 15 years. Their lifespan depends on how you treat them. However, at some point, they will need to be replaced with a fresh set.

Do your regular dentist check-ups

If sometimes you tend to skip a dentist appointment when having veneers you can no longer do that. You’ll need to see your dentist once every six months for a checkup and a thorough cleaning.

Floss daily

Flossing is important whether you have veneers or you don’t. Use a longer piece of floss to get rid of the most bacteria and not spread it back on your teeth. By flossing you can clean away anything that your toothbrush can’t reach.

You need an experienced professional to get the best results

Dental veneers are an aesthetic but very serious dental procedure. It requires technical skill and attention to every detail.

Conclusion

Dental veneers are what you’d need if you want to have that perfect smile. Now you’re able to get the more informed decision of whether you want to get some.

Resources:

gallegosfamilydentistry.com

webmd.com

aspendental.com

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