WHAT ARE DENTAL VENEERS?
Veneers are a commonly performed cosmetic procedure. They are thin, durable, custom-made shells made of tooth-colored materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF VENEERS?
Dental porcelain and composites are the most commonly used veneer materials. Porcelain veneers are usually made in a lab and are more resistant to staining compared to other materials. Composite veneers are made of a resin that is shaped and bonded to a tooth to enhance its appearance.
WHY DO I NEED DENTAL VENEERS?
Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, spaced, uneven, or irregularly shaped front teeth.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO GET DENTAL VENEERS?
Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a prosthodontist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and Dr. Nodesh will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed.
We will create a unique model of your teeth. This can be done either digitally or with a wax model. This model is used in the dental lab to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, Dr. Nodesh may need to prepare your tooth conservatively to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
He will remove a minimal amount of tooth structure. After the impression is made of the prepared teeth, the doctor will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, the temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth. Porcelain veneers are better at being stain-resistant and last longer than composite veneers.
In the case of veneers made from tooth-colored filling material, or composite bonding, this is a one-appointment process during which Dr. Nodesh will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond layers of composite material to your teeth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist staining for as long as a porcelain veneer.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL VENEERS?
- The preparation of teeth for veneers requires minimal tooth structure manipulation, and hence preserves the most amount of tooth structure.
- They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.
- The color can be customized to your desire, and porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- In certain cases, they can provide a quick alternative to orthodontic treatment.