Dental veneers, sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are thin, custom-made shells made to resemble teeth. These shells are tooth-colored and cover the front surface of the tooth to improve the overall appearance. The shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the length, size, color, and shape.
What Are Veneers For?
- Veneers are often used to fix a number of problems, including:
Teeth discoloration – Many things can cause tooth discoloration including root canals, stains, excessive fluoride use, and large fillings that have discolored the teeth.
- Uneven, misaligned, or irregular shaped teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Teeth with gaps between them
Benefits of Veneers
- They create a natural tooth appearance.
- The gum tissues tolerate porcelain well.
- Veneers are resistant to stains.
- The color of the veneers can be chosen to make teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers change a tooth’s color and shape without requiring the extensive shape prior to the procedure as crowns do.
- Veneers are not only a more aesthetic alternative to crowns, but they are also a stronger alternative.
What’s The Procedure?
The process of getting veneers requires more than one single trip to the dentist. .
Diagnosis and Treatment
This is the first step in the veneer process and requires patient participation. The patient explains what result they are hoping to achieve. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure dental veneers are right for you as well as discuss some limitations. X-rays and impressions of your teeth may be taken.ined.
In order to prepare a tooth for a veneer, around a half millimeter of the enamel will be removed from the tooth surface to allow for the veneer to be added. Before trimming the enamel, you and your dentist will need to discuss the need for an anesthetic to numb the area. From there, an impression of your tooth will be made. The model is sent to a dental lab that will construct your veneers. This typically takes 2 to 4 weeks. If necessary, temporary veneers can be placed.
Before the veneer is permanently placed to the tooth, your dentist will place it on your tooth to examine the match and fit. From there, the dentist will remove and trim the veneer until it fits properly. The veneer color is adjusted based on the shade of the cement used. To prepare your tooth for the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched. The etching process roughens the tooth to ensure a strong bonding process. Once your veneer is properly positioned on the tooth, your dentist will apply the cement and use a special light to activate chemicals in the cement. This chemical causes the tooth to harden quicker. To finish up, any excess cement will be removed and your bite will be evaluated. A few weeks later, a follow-up visit is necessary to see how your gums are responding to your veneers and check your veneer’s placement.
How long do dental veneers last?
Veneers typically last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers will need to be replaced.
Do veneers require special treatment or care?
Veneers do not require any special treatment or care. Patients should continue to follow normal oral hygiene practices by regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
How much do dental veneers cost?
The cost of veneers is different for each patient and depends on the extent of the procedure. The cost per tooth generally ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.
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