Dental veneers are extra-thin custom covers bonded to tooth surfaces. They help improve the colour, shape, and size of your teeth. Veneers can be made from various materials but porcelain is preferred as it’s stain-resistant. It also mimics the natural look of the teeth.
Patients with discoloured, worn, chipped, or uneven teeth can benefit from dental veneers. It’s worth noting, however, that veneers are irreversible. And if it chips, it’ll have to be redone.
The area may be sensitive after the procedure since a portion of the enamel has been scraped away.
If you’re interested in getting dental veneers, start with a dentist consultation. Your dentist will let you know if you’re a good candidate for this cosmetic procedure.
You may not be eligible if you’re a teeth grinder or have unhealthy or severely damaged teeth.
Veneers can be applied to one or several teeth. The process usually takes two appointments, excluding the initial consultation with the dentist. Your dentist will create a custom treatment plan for you once you’ve agreed to proceed with the procedure.
Part of the process is preparing your teeth for the veneers. Some of your enamel will be removed to make room for the veneers. You can choose to receive dental anesthetic if you have dental fears or anxiety. Afterward, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth.
These impressions will be forwarded to the dental lab where your final veneer will be constructed. The fabrication can take from 2 to 4 weeks to complete.
Once your veneer is ready, your dentist will affix it. It will be shaped or trimmed to ensure the fit is right. Your teeth will also be cleaned and roughened so the veneer will bond better.
A special cement will be used to put the veneers in place. Next, it’ll be exposed to a light beam to speed up the curing process. Once done, your dentist will make final adjustments to your veneers.
Your dentist may ask you to return to the dental office to check how your gums are responding to your veneers and if you’re satisfied with it.
Dental veneers can last for several years, but they can chip or break no matter how well you look after them. If this happens, they may have to be replaced.
Veneers don’t require special care. Commit to a good oral hygiene routine and if you have any concerns, let your dental team know.
You can look into other options, depending on the condition of your teeth. For minor issues that you want to fix, veneers may be suitable. But crowns are more ideal if the surrounding teeth aren’t healthy.
To learn more about veneers and if they’re the right solution for your dental concerns, book a consultation with a dentist. Our team at West Wind Dental is here to help you.