Veneers are very thin shells made for people whose front teeth have unattractive gaps, chips, cracks or other damage. They also correct teeth that are discolored, either through disease or the side effects of medications. They restore a patient’s smile and improve their self-esteem.
What Are Veneers
Veneers are custom-made for individual patients. A dentist trained in cosmetic dentistry places the shells over prepared teeth. Once installed, they are permanent.
Veneers can be resin or porcelain, though many dentists prefer porcelain because they have a more natural look, are extremely tough and the nonporous ceramic is stain resistant. The benefit of a resin veneer is that it’s thinner than a porcelain veneer, and less of the patient’s tooth needs to be etched before it’s attached.
Getting a Veneer
Before the veneers are installed, the dentist and the patient have c consultation to make sure that the patient is good candidate for the procedure. The dentist also checks the patient’s teeth, has them X-rayed and takes impressions of them.
Placing a veneer requires three steps. First, the dentist gives the patient a local anesthetic to numb the area then takes about half a millimeter of enamel from each tooth to be treated. The amount of enamel that’s removed corresponds to the thickness of the shell. When the teeth are prepared, the dentist makes an impression of them.
The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers are made. If the etching has left the patient’s teeth very unsightly, the dentist can cover them with temporary shells. In the meantime, the permanent veneers take about two weeks to prepare at the lab.
Dr. Laizure must make sure the veneers fit perfectly before they’re bonded to the teeth permanently, so they put them on the teeth and adjust them. When they’re ready to be permanently bonded, the dentist cleans and etches the teeth again. The etching creates a rough surface that helps the veneer adhere better.
The dentist puts dental cement on the tooth, followed by the veneer. They then help the cement to cure quickly by exposing it to a special light. The excess dental cement is wiped away, and the veneers are adjusted until they are perfect. The patient returns for a follow-up appointment in about two weeks.
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