Dental veneers have many useful applications in dentistry. Cosmetic dentists love them and so do general dentists that need to restore the form and function of slightly damaged teeth. If your dentist recommends veneers, this is what you should expect from this course of treatment.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin dental restorations that take the shape of a fingernail, incisor or canine. Their job is to cover up slight imperfections of the teeth. Dentists recommend veneers to patients who have permanent staining, discoloration, slightly crooked teeth or small gaps.
Veneers come in different materials, each with its benefits. Porcelain veneers are tough, and they are translucent, a quality that allows them to mimic natural teeth. They also happen to be the more expensive type of veneer. Most dentists depend on dental labs for the fabrication of the porcelain veneer. This translates into two separate procedures for patients who go with this option.
Composite veneers are more affordable than their ceramic cousins. They are also easy to fabricate and dentists will often make them in-house. This allows the patient to go home with a brand-new smile after a single session in the dentist’s chair. The tradeoff is that composite veneers are less tough and less durable than those made of porcelain.
A patient may need one, two or three dentist appointments before they get their brand-new smile. Veneers as a course of treatment have three major stages.
1. Diagnosis and treatment plan
A patient sees a dentist and explains the issue they have with one or more of their teeth. The dentist then performs a visual exam, which may be followed by an x-ray or medical imaging. The findings of the evaluation are what determine whether or not the dentist recommends veneers. If the patient is a good candidate for dental veneers, the dentist will proceed with the following steps:
2. Preparing the teeth for veneers
If the patient requires treatment for tooth decay or a small injury, the dentist will take care of that before they prepare the problem teeth for veneers. Here is what to expect at this stage:
3. Fabrication and placement of veneers
The dentist who can fabricate the veneer in-office will do so as the patient waits. They will then use dental cement to attach the veneer to its tooth. Dental cement needs to harden to hold the veneer in place. The dentist will use a curing light to harden the cement. They will also polish the veneer, smooth any rough edges, and make adjustments where necessary,
Dentists who depend on dental labs for veneers will send the impression of the patient’s tooth to the lab. They will place a temporary restoration on the prepared teeth and send the patient home,
When the dentist receives the dental restoration from the dental lab, they call their patient in for a second appointment. They remove the temporary restoration, attach the permanent veneer with dental cement, cure the adhesive and add a few finishing touches.
In cases where the process happens in a single dentist appointment, the patient should expect to leave with a smile upgrade after an hour or two. The actual process of preparing the tooth and placing the veneer is quick and painless.
Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation and talk with our dentist. If veneers can restore the form and function of your teeth, our dentist will be happy to put them in.
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