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Veneers

Veneers

If you are self-conscious about how your teeth look, you may want to consider getting a veneer put in. Dental veneers are thin covers made of porcelain or resin that are specifically designed to cover your teeth. They are bonded to the front of your teeth and give you a bright, even smile.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are used to fix a number of problems. Often they are used to cover up teeth discoloration from smoking, tooth damage or a reaction to certain medications. Sometimes they are used to cover up teeth that have been worn to a nub or have been broken. They are also effective at covering up crooked teeth and gaps between teeth.

Veneers are great for improving the appearance of discolored teeth and they are resistant to future stains. You can pick the color to best match the rest of your mouth.

Veneers are not for Everyone

Veneers are permanent and they can be costly depending on your insurance. Some people find that their teeth become a bit more sensitive and in some cases the veneers enhance tooth decay. Generally, a veneer is not good for people who have periodontitis or excessive tooth decay. People who grind their teeth should not get veneers, as the grinding can damage or destroy the veneer.

Porcelain or Resin?

Porcelain veneers are a bit better than resin when it comes to remaining white over a long period of time. Resin veneers are easier to put in and the process doesn’t require as much dental work.

The Process of Getting a Veneer

Getting a veneer usually requires multiple trips to the dentist to complete the process. The first trip will be a consultation, where we will evaluate your dental situation to make sure that veneers are the best option for you. Sometimes, a simple whitening is all that is needed. Other times, a crown might make more sense. We might take an X-ray of your mouth or create a mold of your mouth shape.

Preparation

We will need to remove a tiny portion of your teeth in order to fit the veneer in correctly. It is possible that we will give you an anesthetic to numb your mouth if we are removing a lot of enamel. We will make a mold of your teeth, which is sent to a lab. It will take the lab a couple of weeks to make your veneer and have it shipped back to the dentist. Sometimes, if you want something right away, you can go home with a temporary veneer while you wait for the permanent one to be created and shipped from the lab.

Attaching the Veneer

Once the veneer is made, you will come back to the dentist to have it put in. The dentist will start off by giving your teeth a thorough cleaning. Then we will “etch” your teeth, to file them down slightly so that the veneer fits right. Once that is done, the dentist will use a bonding agent to affix the veneer permanently to your teeth. There will likely be a bit of sculpting and adjusting, as we want the veneer to look perfect. Sometimes, the color is even adjusted using special cements.

After the veneer is put into place, you will sit under a light for about 20 minutes. This light hardens the bond more quickly and makes it “dry” faster.

Follow-up Visit

Most of the time, you will have a follow-up visit so that the dentist can check up on you. We will want to look at your gums to make sure everything has settled in smoothly and there are no fit issues.

If you think you might need a veneer, give us a call and set up a consultation today!

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