How Veneers Improve Your Smile
By Corley Family Dental
December 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental veneers are a great solution for when whitening and other methods prove to be ineffective at restoring or creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted. Dental veneers are thin shells custom made to cover the front of you natural teeth. They are made out of tooth-colored materials to improve the appearance of your teeth. Porcelain veneers have proved to be more effective than resin veneers at resisting stains and reproducing special qualities in the appearance of natural teeth. However, composite resin veneers can be made in one day at your dentist and do not cost as much as porcelain veneers.
Veneers can improve the following situations:
- Discoloration of the tooth - this can happen due to stains, a root canal, excessive flouride use, or stains from tetracycline or other drugs.
- Teeth that have become worn down
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Gaps in between teeth that are visible while smiling
- Uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth
The process for getting a dental veneer normally includes three visits to the dentist. The first visit is for consultation and diagnosis. It is important to clearly identify and explain to your dentist what effect you are looking to achieve. A smile analysis is normally the initial step to determine the most effective methods to attain the appearance you wish for. You might also ask to try a diagnostic mock-up so that you can see what effect the porcelain veneers might have on your smile.
The second visit includes preparing your teeth for the veneer. Your dentist will need to remove less than a millimeter of enamel from the surface of the tooth. This procedure is to ensure that the veneer molds to your original teeth to maintain natural tooth function while creating a better appearance. Your dentist then will make an impression of your tooth and send this model out to a dental laboratory to create your custom porcelain veneer. As mentioned earlier, composite resin veneers can be made in one visit to your dentist and do not require a dental laboratory. After 1 to 2 weeks your dentist should have your new custom veneer and be ready to proceed with the next procedure.
The last step to obtaining a new, rejuvenated smile with dental veneers is to bond them to your teeth. Before the dentist applies the cement to your tooth, the veneer must be temporarily placed to ensure a proper fitting and color. If the veneer does not fit as well as your dentist thinks it should, he or she may trim the veneer for a proper fit. Color of the veneer can also be adjusted by the shade of cement that the dentist chooses to use. After a proper fit has been reached, your tooth will be cleaned and prepped to allow for a proper bond to the veneer. After the veneer is applied to the tooth with a special cement, your dentist will apply a special light to harden the cement. After this your bite will be assessed and any excess cement with be removed.