Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of teeth-colored materials intended to cover the front surface of your teeth in order to improve appearance.
Veneers are bonded to the surface of the tooth and can change their color, shape, size, and length.
Porcelain veneers are preferred for their stain resistance and better visual consistency to natural teeth.
What Dental Issues Can Veneers Correct?
Veneers correct the following:
– Severe discoloration due to root canal treatments, drug use, excessive exposure to fluoride, or large resin fillings.
– Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth.
– Misalignment, irregularly shaped, or uneven teeth.
– Gaps between teeth.
How Veneers Are Applied
In diagnosing dental issues and recommending veneers, a dental professional will examine your teeth and may take X-rays or impressions of your teeth. If your teeth are deemed suitable for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the surface of your teeth in order to make room for the veneer. This may involve anesthetic.
Next, a model or impression is made from your teeth and sent to a dental laboratory to construct your veneer. Veneers typically take about two weeks to be produced and shipped back to your dentist.
During your next visit, your veneer will be tested on your teeth for examination. Further, minor trimming will be performed in order to achieve a proper fit. Then your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to ensure a better bonding process with the veneer. Then a dental cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is placed on your teeth.
The veneer is then bound to your teeth with a beam of light to activate the chemicals in the cement. Excess cement is then removed and your dentist may make adjustments to improve fit or comfort. It’s wise to pay close attention to your gums in the following days and weeks after a veneer is applied, so a follow-up may be necessary once you’ve had the veneer for a couple of weeks.
Want to learn more about veneers or find out if your teeth are right for a veneer? Contact Don Sing DDS in Seattle for more information or to make an appointment.