Dental veneers are used to improve the color and appearance of your teeth. They are sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates and are very thin custom made shells which cover the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are bonded to your teeth and can improve the shape, color, and appearance of your natural teeth.
There are many reasons your teeth may become discolored. Some medications, root canal treatments, stains from food and drink, excessive fluoride use, or the presence of a large amount of resin may be the causes of tooth discoloration. Your teeth may be worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, or have large gaps between the teeth. All of these conditions can be corrected with the application of dental veneers.
Types of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers may be made from resin composite materials or porcelain. Resin veneers require a small amount of the natural tooth to be removed before they are placed and are thinner than porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin, and mimic the light reflecting properties of your natural teeth. Your doctor will discuss the options with you and help you choose the best material based on your case and needs.
Dental Veneer Procedure
Normally it takes three trips for the application of dental veneers. During the first visit your doctor will discuss your goals for veneers and what results you want to achieve. She will help you decide whether or not veneers are the best course of treatment for you and talk to you about the procedure and the limitations of veneers. X-rays and impressions of your mouth and teeth will be taken during the first visit.
During the second visit the doctor will prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface to make room for the placement of the veneers. You will usually receive local anesthetic to numb the area so that you are comfortable during this process. Next an impression of your teeth are taken and sent to a lab to construct your new veneers which should be ready in about one to two weeks. If your teeth are badly stained or unsightly temporary veneers may be placed during this visit.
At the third visit the doctor will take the veneer and temporarily place it on your tooth to examine the color and fit. She may have to take it on and off several times as she trims it to achieve the most natural look and proper fit. The color of the veneer is adjusted by the shade of cement used to bond it to your tooth.
Next your teeth are prepared to receive the veneers. The doctor cleans, polishes, and etches the teeth which roughens up the surface of the teeth so the veneers will bond completely to it. A special bonding cement is applied to the tooth and the veneer is then placed. Once the veneer is in place a special light is directed at the tooth to activate the chemicals in the cement. Once the cement cures the veneer is permanently bonded to your tooth. The last step is to remove any excess cement, evaluate your bite, and make any final adjustments to the veneers. The doctor will ask you to return to the office in a few weeks to check your gums and examine the veneer’s placement.
Care of Your New Veneers
Your new veneers are very easy to care for and require no special treatment. A good oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and oral rinse will keep your veneers looking great for up to 10 years. Regular dental checkups are important so that your doctor can monitor your gum health and check for any potential problems.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers offer you many benefits. These include a brighter whiter smile, better tooth shape and appearance, and stain resistance. Your gums usually tolerate veneers with no problems, and the color of your new veneers can be matched to your natural tooth color. Also the application of veneers does not require extensive reshaping of your natural teeth.
At Beyond Smiles Dental in Fort Worth, Texas we want you to have the brightest and healthiest smile possible. Call or contact us today and ask about dental veneers. Dental veneers are an easy and effective treatment for stained or misshapen teeth, and can give you the smile you always wanted.