Veneers are thin shells your dentist bonds to the front surface of your teeth to improve your dental look and smile. They are commonly made from porcelain or resin-composite materials. Glendale veneers can treat broken, chipped, discolored, gapped, or uneven teeth. Your doctor customizes your shells to ensure they fit perfectly and match the color of your existing teeth, giving you a natural appearance. Veneers last between five to ten years or more, depending on the material used to design them and how you care for them. Observing correct oral hygiene, avoiding biting hard materials, and seeking dental checkups can help you get the longest lifespan of your veneers.
How should you prepare for veneer placement?
Before you get your veneers, you will have an appointment with your dentist. The dentist will examine your teeth during the appointment to ensure you are a good candidate for veneers. The dentist may perform a physical examination or take X-rays for a detailed view of your gums and teeth. You may not qualify for the treatment if you have signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or need root canals. In some cases of crooked or uneven teeth, your dentist may recommend the placement of braces first.
If you are a good candidate for veneer placement, your dentist will discuss the right veneers for you and how you want them placed. Your dentist may do teeth trimming the same day or schedule the procedure in your next appointment. Teeth trimming involves your dentist eliminating about half of a millimeter of your tooth enamel to get an accurate sizing of your veneers. The dentist then takes an impression of your teeth and sends the mold to the lab to create your veneers. It often takes one to two weeks for your veneers to get ready.
What happens during veneer placement?
Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will schedule an appointment to place them. During the appointment, your provider evaluates your veneers’ shape, fit, and coloration to ensure the best for your teeth. The dentist then thoroughly cleans your teeth to prevent bacteria from being trapped under your veneers, causing decay.
The dentist uses a special tool to grind the teeth to be treated to create a rougher texture. Grinding helps veneers stick on your teeth. Your dentist then uses dental cement to bond veneers to your teeth and applies ultraviolet light to harden the cement quickly. The veneer placement often lasts less than two hours, but this may vary depending on the number of veneers you need and if local anesthesia is involved.
What happens after veneer placement?
Immediately after your dentist places your veneers, your teeth may feel rough. The rough spots are extra cement that sticks on your veneers during placement. They often fade away after several days of normal brushing and eating. If they do not vanish, your dentist can help eliminate them. Your dentist will teach you how to care for your veneers to maintain them in good shape.
Veneers help improve your dental look and smile. They can treat chipped, broken, gapped, uneven, and discolored teeth. Schedule an appointment at Alta Canyada Dental Group for veneer placement to boost your dental appearance.