One of the best ways to enhance your smile and protect your teeth from damage is by getting veneers. These are thin, eggshell-like shells that sit on the front surface of the teeth. Their role is to hide dental imperfections like chips, cracks, and discoloration on the tooth’s surface. They also protect the enamel from pigment and further infection for people with dental decay.
Porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant, making them a durable and long-lasting option for a bright smile.
The initial consultation allows our Saginaw dentist to learn more about you, the patient. The consultation involves evaluating your oral health and having discussions about your concerns and cosmetic goals. The dentist will also allow you to ask any questions that you may have. The first step culminates in a treatment plan that outlines the specifics of your veneer treatment.
Tooth conditioning involves shaving off some of the enamel on your tooth to make room for the veneers. This is usually painless, but dentists might use lidocaine to eliminate pain and hypersensitivity.
After conditioning the tooth, Dr. Renas will use a putty-like material to take impressions of your teeth. They may also use a digital 3D scanner to achieve the same. The impressions are sent to a lab to manufacture your dentures.
Laboratories take about one to two weeks to fabricate veneers. Meanwhile, the dentist will give you temporary veneers to protect your teeth. Once ready, the dentist will schedule an appointment to place your veneers.
Veneer placement starts with the removal of the temporary veneers. The dentist will then palace the actual veneers on your teeth and check their fit. They’ll also make any necessary adjustments during this stage.
If the veneers fit correctly, the dentist will roughen the surface of the enamel with a mild etching acid. They’ll then apply an adhesive (dental cement or dental glue) on the tooth’s surface before carefully placing the veneers. Once in place, they’ll use a special light to activate the adhesive and bond the veneer to the tooth, marking the end of the process.
Porcelain veneers, as the name implies, are veneers made from porcelain. They’re extremely durable and can last up to 15 years. They also closely resemble the tooth’s natural color and are barely noticeable. They’re also the thinnest of all types of veneers.
Ceramic veneers are the most popular type of veneers. They’re made from ceramic, making time very durable and long-lasting. They’re also natural-looking and can last a lifetime with proper care. However, ceramic veneers take longer to fabricate than other types of veneers.
Composite veneers are the most affordable of the bunch. These veneers are made from a plastic resin consisting of organic polymer chains. Aside from their cost-effectiveness, they’re the easiest to fabricate and place on teeth. However, they’re not as durable as their ceramic and porcelain counterparts.
600,000 Americans get veneer placement annually?
No, dental veneers aren’t a permanent cosmetic dental treatment in the sense that they don’t last forever. However, they’re permanent in the sense that only a licensed dentist can place and remove them. With proper care, veneers can last 15 to 20 years.
Yes, it’s possible to stain your dental veneers, especially if you typically consume pigmented drinks like coffee and red wine. Unfortunately, you cannot whiten dental veneers. Stained veneers have to be repaired or replaced with new ones.