Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of teeth to provide a more aesthetically pleasing smile. They are permanent dental solutions that fix stained, broken, and crooked teeth. The shells are bonded to the front of the teeth and often last up to 10 years without the need for replacement.
Veneer Application Process:
Receiving dental veneers will normally require three separate office visits.
- Diagnosis and Planning. The first dental visit includes the formation of a plan. A patient explains his or her desired results, and the dentist examines the teeth to verify veneers are appropriate. When approved for the process, teeth impressions are made.
- Preparation. When a dentist prepares teeth for veneers, tiny amounts of enamel are removed from the surfaces. Many times, this process is not painful, but local anesthesia is available to numb the areas. Models will be formed and sent to a laboratory that specializes in these types of dental services. Within one to two weeks, the veneers will be ready. Temporary Veneers are applied at no additional cost.
- Bonding. The second dental visit begins the bonding process. Veneers will be properly fit and colored to match existing teeth. Teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched so that they have rough surfaces that aid the process. Before the veneers are placed in the mouth, a special cement is applied. The veneers are properly positioned over the teeth, and a light is used to activate the cement so that curing is encouraged. The last steps involve removing extra cement and making final biting adjustments.
- Follow-up. Oftentimes, a patient returns to check how gums are responding and to follow-up with the veneer placement.
Advantages of Dental Veneers:
Many dental services are available to improve a person's smile. However, veneers bring numerous advantages.
- Veneers appear natural in the mouth.
- Unlike other substances, gum tissue tolerates the porcelain material without irritation.
- Veneers are available in a wide variety of colors.
- Veneers do not require extensive shaping or destruction to natural tooth structure.
How to Care for Veneers:
It is still necessary to practice a solid oral hygiene routine. Some dentists recommend patients use caution chewing or biting, especially with veneers on front teeth. Since veneers may cause extra sensitivity to extreme temperatures, it is wise to avoid foods and beverages that are overly cold or hot. If a patient tends to grind his or her teeth, a dentist may recommend wearing a night guard to avoid enamel damage.
Hoffman Dental strives to improve patients' smiles. Veneer application is a permanent and painless way to achieve results. For more information, call our office for a consultation.