Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Dental veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Local anesthetic is all that is needed . Dental veneers last longer than bonding. They also highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab tech working from a model provided by your dentist. They are usually irreversible because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects. This includes teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the lab to make the veneers.
During the final “bonding” visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is placed between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
The results are nothing short of amazing. With proper care, your veneers will last you for many years of beautiful smiles. To care for your porcelain veneers, you should brush, floss, and visit us regularly for your dental cleanings to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. If you develop gum disease, it is possible that your veneers can fail and fall off.
If you have gaps, misalignment, cracks, chips or deep staining on your teeth, contact our dental practice in Wyoming, MI. We will evaluate your smile and determine if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. Achieve that perfect Hollywood smile by calling us at 616-538-9020 to schedule an appointment or visit our contact us page to fill out our online contact form to be contacted.