The Ins and Outs of Using Dental Veneers


What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that are used to replace damaged enamel on your teeth in order to rejuvenate your smile. Also referred to as porcelain veneers, dental veneers have a wide range of applications, allowing us to restore your teeth if they are broken, cracked, or chipped, among other things. The dental veneers are extremely thin, which allows them to be easily placed onto the teeth in a way that looks natural. In fact, dental veneers are so natural looking, that most of our patients will even forget which of their teeth have been repaired with the veneers.

How are dental veneers placed?
Before dental veneers are actually placed, we need to determine if you are a good candidate for the product. Typically most people are, but we will schedule an initial first consultation to determine if there are any underlying problems that may prevent you from getting dental veneers and would require different treatment options. During this consultation, we would conduct a smile analysis, which tells us what kind of a smile you are hoping to achieve, and what products can be used to help get you there. We sometimes do a cosmetic imaging to demonstrate the type of smile that dental veneers can help you to achieve.

Once we decide on dental veneers as a great option, we will schedule fitting and placing appointments. The first appointment begins with shaving away a small portion of the enamel. Usually, dental veneers do not require more than a few millimeters to be shaved away. The reason for shaving the enamel is so that the porcelain can fit flush with the tooth, making sure to maintain the natural contour of the tooth, and ensuring that the porcelain veneers look and feel like real teeth. Next, we will make an impression of your teeth and send it along with notes to the dental lab. While they are creating your permanent veneer, you will need to wear a temporary one that will be removed in a week or two.We will make sure that the color, shape, and size of the veneers gives your teeth a look of perfection and once we have achieved that, the dental veneers will be cemented in place using dental cement.

What are dental veneers used for?
Dental veneers are extremely malleable solutions, so we use them for a wide range of solutions. The most common, and commonly read about, reason people chose veneers is the desire for a perfect Hollywood type smile. This means perfectly shaped, perfectly white teeth. To do this veneers are an excellent choice since they can cover most imperfections perfectly. As such porcelain veneers can be used to correct minor alignment issues, to ensure that you have not unsightly spaces or gaps between your teeth, and to ensure that the teeth are all the right length and size. Veneers are also used to improve and whiten teeth that are stubbornly refusing to respond to the traditional tooth whitening formulas. As we mentioned earlier, one of applications that dental veneers have is to fix broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. This solution is used because the porcelain veneers do not require a great deal of the normal enamel to be removed. Unlike a dental crown, the veneers fit in with the enamel after a few millimeters has been shaved off.

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