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Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin custom made to fit over teeth. They providing a natural, attractive look for chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth.
For severely discolored, chipped or misshapen teeth, this option will create a durable and pleasing smile. Plus, very difficult to stain, therefore making them popular for people seeking a perfect smile.
The most commonly used material for veneers is the conventional porcelain veneer and Lumineers and composite resin veneers. AACD, porcelain veneers are preferable for correcting issues of shape or color and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
The typical process takes one to two appointments. Prefabricated veneers usually take one appointment and laboratory created veneers take two appointments. We will focus on highlighting placement of the porcelain veneer created by the laboratory:
- Local anesthesia can be used when placing veneers. The patient’s sensitivity will dictate the use of anesthesia. The dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade needed. The dentist will remove a very small amount of the enamel of the tooth to provide room to place the veneer on the tooth.
- An impression of the tooth is then made for the laboratory. A temporary veneer is placed on the tooth with spot etching in the center of the tooth away from the margins.
- After the laboratory delivers the porcelain veneer to your dentist, the temporary is then removed. The tooth is then cleaned with pumice and water. It is then etched, then rinsed thoroughly with water and air dried. The adhesive is placed on the preparation. The cement and the veneer are then placed for exact fit and contour.
- The veneer is light cured for 60 seconds on all surfaces so that it attaches to the tooth structure.
- Your dentist will remove any excess material and polish the margins.
Many dentists schedule follow-up visits to check for comfort as a comfortable veneer will also be long-lasting.