What are dental Veeners?
Dental veneers 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.
What are the different materials I can make my dental Veeners?
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Dr. Chau will discuss the best choice of veneer material for you.
When would I need dental Veeners?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored.
- Teeth that are worn down.
- Teeth that are chipped or broken.
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.
- Teeth with gaps between them.
What can I expect when getting dental Veeners?
Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist: one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.
- Treatment planning – Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve. Dr. Chau will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. We may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
- Preparation – Chau will prepare the tooth surface, Next, she will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed.
- Bonding – Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. She will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit. Next, a special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary.
Are there other alternative to dental Veneers?
Yes, alternatives to veneers include bonding and crowns. Veneers offer a nice intermediate option. Veneers may be best suited for individuals who want to change the shape of their teeth more than just a little bit, as is done with bonding, but not enough to require a crown.