There is no short of dental solutions that you can choose from to fix your cracked, crooked, or discolored teeth. One of these dental solutions is veneers.
Veneers are thin and tooth-colored layers that are placed over your teeth’s surface to improve their appearance. If you are considering getting affordable dental veneers, here are a few facts to know about.
A veneers dentist can recommend these thin shells to cover and correct a range of dental problems, such as:
Teeth veneers are mostly available in porcelain, which is tooth-colored and give a natural look. These porcelain dental veneers are durable and resistant to stains. Fixing these shells will require at least two dental visits.
However, if you are looking for same-day veneers, you may opt for composite resin veneers. These are less expensive, but not durable as the porcelain ones. They are also not stain-resistant, and therefore can discolor easily.
These veneers are fixed on the same day as your dental visit since no lab is required. The dentist will choose a shade of the veneers and apply the material directly to your teeth to build the veneers. The material is hardened with a high-intensive light. Finally, the teeth are polished for an attractive appearance.
The process of getting the veneers will require you to visit the dentist at least two times. The procedure is done in steps:
First, the dentist will have to determine if veneers are a perfect solution. For you, to the porcelain veneers, you need to have healthy teeth and gums, free of decay. The dentist will do a comprehensive checkup. Next, a deep cleaning may be done to get rid of plaque buildup. The dentist will then discuss the procedure and the limits of veneers. He might take an x-ray to get a full view of your smile.
For the veneers to be fixed, the dentist will have to reshape your enamel to make space. The amount and thickness trimmed will depend on the thickness of the veneers. There may be slight sensitivity, and local anesthesia is used to numb the area.
The dentist will trim the enamel to the desired size and make an impression. This mold will be taken to the lab to craft the permanent veneers. It will take about three to four weeks to get them back, so the dentist will cover the teeth with temporary veneers.
On your second dental visit, the dentist will place the veneers on the teeth to examine the color and fit. Several adjustments will be done to create the precise fit of the veneers. The shade of the veneers is at times adjusted using the cement.
The dentist will prepare the affected tooth or teeth by etching. The roughness makes it easy for the veneers to bond to the teeth. A special block of cement is used to fix the veneers. A light beam is used to activate the cement and harden it.
Finally, the excess cement is removed, and the bite is examined.
A follow-up visit may be scheduled to assess the fit, gums, and placement of the veneers.
Trimming your enamel is an irreversible procedure. This means you will need veneers or crowns to cover the teeth all the time even if you change your treatment. It is therefore important to consult the dentist before you settle for the veneers.
The porcelain veneers resemble your natural teeth, so no special teeth care is required. You, however, need to maintain proper dental hygiene for the veneers to last longer.
Visit Bradley W. Miller, DDS, Inc. for more information on veneers, the procedure, and what to expect.