Veneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are created to match your natural teeth that will be used to cover teeth that are imperfect due to being deeply stained, broken, chipped, misshapen, or poorly spaced.
Veneers are most often made from porcelain. This is significant as this material is stain resistant, yet provides a most natural appearance when placed over teeth.
Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers by taking dental impressions and photographs to make sure the finished result will create a natural appearance designed to cover the offending teeth while maintaining the shape and shade of neighboring untreated teeth.
Your dentist will remove a very thin layer of your dental enamel about the thickness of the veneer itself. On the day of installation, the veneers will be “tried-in” to make sure they fit and look perfect. Any small adjustments that may be needed can be performed by your cosmetic dentist at that time.
Since the veneers are fastened to the front of your teeth, the surface of the tooth will be roughed up slightly in an effort to help secure them in place. The veneers are permanently cemented into place and a laser or curing light will complete treatment by speeding up the drying process. Veneers are one of the least invasive cosmetic enhancements available and can be made to improve one or numerous teeth.
Once your smile makeover with veneers is completed, there are a few cautions to observe. Biting into hard substances such as ice, hard candy, or crunchy vegetables; biting your fingernails; using your teeth to open packages … these actions are highly discouraged to protect your new veneers.
Your porcelain covered teeth will actually be strengthened, but that does not mean your teeth are invincible. If you should break your veneer, it will need to be replaced. Repair is rarely an option.
Caring for your veneers is very similar as what you should do for your natural teeth. Daily flossing and brushing at least twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel and a soft bristle tooth brush are important. Of course, twice yearly visits to your dentist for a thorough cleaning and dental exam will keep your teeth and veneers looking their best.
Veneers are permanent, so to keep them at peak performance follow the instructions provided by your cosmetic dentist. Call 972-264-5795 to reserve your appointment today.