Your dentist will know which process is best for you and your family, but it's best for patients to have an understanding of the various methods of dental health. For you or a family member or a loved one who has a tooth or teeth which have chips, stains, or gaps, you might want to consider dental veneers.
Most people think that they are stuck with the teeth that they have, that their teeth are just the way they are and that is how they are always going to be. But this couldn't be further from the truth. Access to dental veneers allows dental patients to avail themselves of affordable and aesthetic cosmetic dentistry that literally covers up stains, gaps, chips, deformities, or any other type of cosmetic issue that one might have with their teeth and gums.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
- “Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.”
Veneers can be made out of several different types of materials, but porcelain veneers are the most common. These beautiful little works of art can last for ten to twenty years if their owner takes good care of them.
The Simplicity of Getting Dental Veneers at Your Family's Dental Office
- First, your dentist will perform a basic dental cleaning process, effectively sprucing up the mouth, teeth, and gums so that the teeth themselves will be prepped for the installation of veneers, and so that there will be no bacteria or detritus within the mouth which might hamper the installation process.
- Next up, your dentist will determine the correct shade of the veneer, to match other, healthy and stain-free teeth in your mouth.
- The next step is for your dentist to remove a small amount of tooth enamel from each tooth which is receiving a veneer. Veneers are thin, but they do have some depth to them, and to allow them to line up with the rest of the teeth in the mouth and look natural, it’s important for a small amount of enamel to be removed so the veneered teeth and the non-veneered teeth can line up well.
- Once the tooth or teeth are fully prepared for the veneer, an impression of the tooth or teeth is taken, creating a mold of what the veneer will be shaped as. Next, that mold is used to fashion the veneers themselves. The veneers are made at a special dental laboratory, using specific technology for porcelain veneer-making.
- Once the veneers are ready, your dentist will install them with a special adhesive cement, firmly affixing the veneer to your tooth. Then, a special light is shone on the veneer, to rapidly cure the cement adhesive between the veneer and the tooth.
- A final check-over is done of the tooth and veneer, any excess cement is removed, and the veneer is polished. Voila, a brand new tooth, cosmetically perfect and functional, all in one!
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