Charles Pincus was the genius who developed acrylic veneers in 1928. The surfaces aimed to reshape or redesign teeth. Over time dental veneers have been perfected to help people from all walks of life regain their confidence. Veneers help to maximize your smile and customize it to make it look unique.
Veneers are thin pieces of dental porcelain placed on the front surfaces of the tooth. These are helpful for recreating or redesigning your smile. Veneers are meticulously applied to the surface of your teeth after it has been prepared. Dental veneers are customized according to your tooth’s shape, size, and appearance. These restorations offer instant corrections to your smile while also protecting your natural teeth. Traditional veneers are made from porcelain because of their durability, quality, and consistency.
What Are the Uses of Dental Veneers?
The underlying conditions affecting your teeth determine whether dental veneers are best suited for your situation. Your candidacy for veneers is determined by a comprehensive exam to understand what is wrong with your teeth. After completing the exam, you receive additional information on various treatment options available to you. Generally, you can consider dental veneers if you have the following imperfections:
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Misaligned teeth.
- Worn-down teeth.
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Severely discolored teeth.
It would be helpful to understand that all imperfections mentioned above need a thorough assessment before the treatment can proceed.
Is the Dental Veneer Procedure Intensive?
The type of veneer you chose determines whether you will undergo an intensive procedure or have the new placements on your teeth in one appointment with the dentist. Presently, besides porcelain veneers, alternatives like composite resin veneers, lumineers, and Vivaneeres are also available. All three options are completed in one visit to the dentist’s office. They require no preparation of your teeth and are merely bonded to your teeth after ascertaining their suitability for your situation.
Except for porcelain veneers, the other varieties are in the affordable category. Therefore if you are strained for finances and do not have sufficient time to attend multiple appointments with your dentist, you can prefer these options to enhance your smile. However, it would be helpful if you understood they aren’t as durable as porcelain veneers and need replacements every five to seven years.
The procedure for porcelain veneers is intensive, and before determining your candidacy for this variety, your dentist will discuss your goals and determine the problem areas. You will undergo a comprehensive exam, including an x-ray before a treatment plan is created specifically for you.
What Is the Porcelain Veneer Procedure?
After confirming your candidacy for porcelain veneers, your dentist Dr. Anitha Reddy removes about half a millimeter of enamel from the surfaces of your teeth to make space for the thickness of the shell. Depending on your unique situation, you may be offered local anesthesia during tooth preparation.
The dentist as well takes an impression of your tooth receiving the veneer for the dental laboratory. The artificial restorations are fabricated in the dental laboratory, and a temporary surface is placed on your tooth as protection between appointments.
Veneer placement occurs during your second appointment with Creative Dentistry & Medspa. The dental laboratory would have returned your customized orders, and your dentist removes the temporary veneers before the final placement. You undergo a thorough cleaning to ensure all bacteria from your teeth are eliminated before an etching solution is applied to roughen the tooth surface. Finally, an adhesive is applied to the surface on which the new placements are attached. The dentist performs a final assessment of your teeth to remove any excess glue that shows up.
Veneer placements don’t require any special attention. You must continue maintaining excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once without fail. Visiting your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams is also an essential requirement.
Veneers are stain-resistant, especially if you opt for the porcelain variety. They provide you a natural appearance and help to enhance your smile. However, you must ensure you don’t use your teeth to open packages and resist bad habits like chewing pencils, pens, hard objects, and your fingernails. If possible, attempt not to chew with your front teeth because veneers are prone to chipping and cracking.
Porcelain veneers are significantly expensive than other varieties described earlier. However, if you care for them appropriately, they remain on your teeth for over a decade, providing a good return on investment.