What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are a wafer thin material, usually made out of porcelain, that are custom made to fit onto the front of teeth. They are bonded to the tooth to improve the overall appearance of your smile. They can change the shape, color, size, shade, and length of your tooth to provide a uniform and natural looking smile you can be proud of!
Dental Veneer Process
The process for Dr. Game to apply a dental veneer typically will take a few appointments. The first appointment will be an initial consultation to discuss with Dr. Game what your overall goals are, and if dental veneers are the right solution for you and your smile. During this consultation, Dr. Game will examine your teeth, take X-rays, and might take an impression of your mouth and teeth. He will answer any questions you might have about dental veneers, their benefits, and possible limitations.
The next step is to remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth. This is close to the thickness of the new veneer that will be placed on your tooth. Dr. Game will make an impression of your tooth, which gets sent to a laboratory for creation. The creation of the veneer usually takes around 2 weeks to a month. If needed, a temporary veneer can be placed onto the tooth until the permanent veneer is ready.
The last step is to bond the veneer to your tooth. Dr. Game will ensure that the veneer fits perfectly onto your tooth before the bonding is completed, examining all aspects of the fit and color. If necessary, he will make adjustments to the veneer to achieve the perfect fit. Your tooth will be prepared for the veneer by being cleaned, polished, and then roughened for a strong bond. Using special cement, Dr. Game will bond the veneer to the tooth, making sure it is positioned perfectly. A special light is used to harden the cement quickly, and then Dr. Game will make any necessary adjustments and remove any excess cement. You will be able to smile with confidence with your new, natural looking smile!
What Cosmetic Problems do Veneers Fix?
Dental veneers can fix teeth you may have imagined would have involved a much more expensive procedure. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are:
- Worn down
- Chipped or broken
- Spaced with gaps between them
- Crooked or misaligned
Are dental veneers safe?
Veneers are a safe and effective cosmetic treatment for improving the appearance of teeth. However, patients with gum disease, tooth decay, or other serious dental complications may not be eligible for veneers until their oral health improves. Since veneers are for aesthetic purposes, they are not used to treat dental problems like decay and gum disease.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years (or even longer) depending on how well they’re taken care of, your oral health, and various extraneous factors. To extend the lifetime of your veneers, be sure to practice good oral hygiene, visit the dentist twice a year, and avoid anything that may damage or crack your veneers such as opening packages with your teeth. If your veneer needs a repair, our team can fix it for you or create a new one. We’ll get you back to enjoying your smile in no time!