Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells typically made of porcelain or composite resin that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of teeth by altering their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment option for addressing various dental imperfections, such as stained or discolored teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, uneven spacing or gaps, and misaligned teeth.
Prepping Your Teeth
The process of preparing teeth for the application of dental veneers typically involves the following steps:
You'll first have a consultation with your dentist to discuss your goals and expectations. They will examine your teeth, take X-rays if necessary, and determine if you're a suitable candidate for veneers. Then, your dentist will develop a custom-made treatment plan. This includes discussing the type of veneers that will be used (such as porcelain or composite), the desired shade, and the number of teeth that will be treated.
On the day of the procedure, a small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth needs to be removed. Your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic before beginning the preparation. Once the teeth are prepared, an impression or mold of your teeth is taken. At the dental lab, your new veneers will be created to fit your teeth perfectly.
Once the permanent veneers are ready, you will return to the dental office. The dentist will remove the temporary veneers, clean your teeth, and etch the surface of the teeth with a special gel. Etching creates a rough surface, allowing for better bonding with the adhesive. The dentist will apply a dental adhesive or bonding agent to the prepared teeth, followed by placing the veneers on top. The veneers will be positioned carefully. A special light may be used to cure or harden the dental adhesive, which activates a chemical reaction and bonds the veneers securely to the teeth.
After the veneers are bonded in place, your dentist will make any final adjustments as needed. This may involve shaping and polishing the veneers to ensure they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and provide a comfortable bite. After the veneers are placed, the dentist will provide instructions on how to care for them so that they last a long time.
To learn more about dental veneers, contact a cosmetic dental service in your area.