Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted from tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are typically made from porcelain or resin composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Why Patients Choose Dental Veneers
Here are some of the reasons why Tahquitz Dental Group patients choose dental veneers:
- Cosmetic Enhancement: Veneers transform the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth, enhancing your smile and boosting your self-confidence.
- Discoloration Correction: Veneers provide you with a brighter, whiter smile, repairing stained teeth that cannot be fixed with traditional whitening treatments.
- Damage Repair: If your teeth are chipped, broken, or worn down, veneers can restore their appearance. They provide a protective cover, preventing further damage and improving the look of the tooth.
- Alignment and Spacing: Veneers provide a more uniform look to your smile by closing gaps between the teeth and appearing to straighten teeth that are slightly askew.
- Natural Appearance: Dental veneers look natural because they mimic the light-reflecting properties of your own teeth.
If any of these situations apply to you, then dental veneers are a good solution for your dental cosmetic needs!
Applying Veneers to Teeth
The dental veneer process typically involves several steps spread over a couple of dental visits. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect:
First is the consultation and planning stage. You discuss your goals with a Tahquitz Dental Group dentist after a thorough dental examination. Your dentist may also take X-rays, digital images, or physical impressions of your mouth and teeth. This step ensures that veneers are the right solution for you and is part of planning your personalized treatment.
Next is tooth preparation. This typically involves removing about half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of the affected teeth, roughly the same thickness as the veneer that will be added. Before trimming off the enamel, your dentist may decide to use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Afterwards, your dentist makes a digital model or physical impression of your tooth. This lets a dental laboratory construct your veneers. This process usually takes 2-4 weeks.
After your dental veneers are ready, you return to the office and the dentist temporarily places them on your teeth to examine their fit and color, repeatedly removing and trimming them to achieve the proper fit. If necessary, the veneer color is adjusted at this time.
Your dentist next further prepares your tooth to receive the veneer. This part of the process involves cleaning, polishing, and etching your teeth. This is required for a strong bond between your teeth and the veneers. After special cement is applied to your veneers, they are placed on your teeth. Once the veneers are properly positioned, a special light beam activates chemicals in the dental cement, causing it to harden quickly.
The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite, and making any necessary final adjustments as needed. The result is a durable and aesthetically pleasing smile that, with proper care, lasts for many years.
Maintaining veneers is similar to caring for your natural teeth, which includes brushing them twice daily. While veneers are strong and designed to last, their longevity can be compromised if they are used inappropriately, such as biting into very hard foods or using them to open packages. If you tend to grind your teeth during sleep, a custom mouthguard is an excellent investment.