What Are Veneers?
Veneers are bespoke, half-a-millimeter-thin shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve the tooth’s overall appearance. They’re typically made of porcelain and ceramic that mimic the tooth’s color, blending seamlessly with the other teeth. These shells cover imperfections on the tooth’s surface, like stains, cracks, chips, and even large gaps between the teeth. They are permanent cosmetic treatments that last ten to thirty years with proper maintenance.
The Veneers Process
Treatment Plan and Tooth Preparation
The veneers dental process begins with consulting the dentist about your wish to get veneers. This consultation involves discussions about your cosmetic goals and expectations. Next, the dentist will examine your teeth to determine the viability of the treatment. If viable, the dentist will create a treatment plan and prepare the tooth by shaving bits of enamel to make room for the veneers.
Taking Impressions and Veneer Fabrications
Once the treatment plan is ready, the dentist will press a putty-like material on the affected teeth to create molds. Alternatively, they might use a 3D digital scanner to take digital impressions of the teeth. The molds and impressions are then couriered to a lab where skilled lab technicians will create custom veneers to your precise specifications.
Veneer Placement and Final Adjustments
The veneers will be ready after one or two weeks, and the dentist will schedule an appointment to fit them. During placement, they’ll first check how the veneers fit and whether they match your teeth color. If everything checks out, they’ll apply a strong adhesive on the teeth’s surface before placing the veneers on the teeth and using a special light to cure it. After making final adjustments, they’ll give you instructions for maintaining your veneers and schedule follow-up appointments if necessary.
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