Do you need veneers? You have come to the right place. Here, at Advanced Family Dentistry, we specialize in dental veneers. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain placed on a tooth to restore its natural look. It is as strong and resilient as the outer layer of the tooth called the enamel.
Typically, we use veneers to fix discolored teeth. However, veneers are also a treatment option for worn-out teeth, chipped or broken teeth, gaps, and irregularly shaped teeth.
Material composites used in making veneers are porcelain and resin. Porcelain is the more common choice because it has the same light-reflective properties of natural teeth, and it has better stain resistance than resin.
The Process of Getting a Dental Veneer
The process of veneer placement takes three visits. The first visit is for consultation. The other two trips involve making and placing the veneer.
During the first visit, you should explain to our qualified dentist what you want to achieve. Our dentist will also conduct a dental exam on your teeth to determine if dental veneers are a viable option for you. Often, a clinical examination of your teeth involves a digital radiography of the mouth as opposed to a conventional x-ray. The dentist will also discuss with you what to expect during the procedure.
The next step is preparing your teeth for the veneer. The thickness of a veneer is about 0.5 millimeters. That is just about the thickness of enamel our dentist will remove from your teeth. The process of eliminating enamel can be uncomfortable. As such, you might need local anesthesia.
After removing the desired amount of enamel, the dentist will make models of your teeth. We use these models to make custom veneers for you at our laboratory. Your veneers will be ready for about two weeks. To help protect your teeth, we will give you temporary veneers.
Once your veneers are ready, we schedule you another appointment for placing of the veneers. However, before permanent placing of the veneers, the dentist will temporarily place it on your teeth to see if both the color and fit are perfect. The dentist might remove and place the veneers several times as he makes adjustments to make the veneers the perfect fit.
Now that the veneer is a good fit, it is time to place it permanently. However, first, we have to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer. That involves cleaning, polishing, and etching. Etching refers to the process of roughening the surface of the tooth to enable stronger bonding with the veneer.
The final step is bonding. We place a special cement on the veneer, then put it on the tooth. After making sure the veneer is in a perfect position, the dentist will shine a special light beam on the veneer. This light beam activates chemicals in the cement to expedite the bonding process.
Advantages of Dental Veneers
The main advantages of veneers are providing the natural appearance of teeth and stain-resistance. Also, most people have gums that tolerate porcelain and resin. However, the most overlooked advantage is that they require no special attention. All you need is to maintain the same dental hygiene you would with natural teeth. Proper hygiene helps increase the lifespan of a veneer. Our veneers can last for more than ten years. Do you want to book a veneers appointment? Call us at Advanced Family Dentistry at (765) 287-5338 now.