If you have dental problems, your dentist may have suggested veneers. Dental veneers are a very good option for dental restoration. They will cover your affected teeth to fill in any areas where parts of your teeth are missing, while giving you replacements that look and feel like your natural teeth. If you aren't very familiar with what dental veneers are, you can learn about them in this article.
What are dental veneers?
A dental veneer is a covering that goes over your natural tooth. They can be made from metal and covered in porcelain, or they can be made of only porcelain. The veneers are generally made in a dental lab and they are shaped to fit your tooth and designed to have a natural shape, causing them to fit your bite correctly. They are a very natural alternative that does a great job of giving you a good looking set of teeth.
What is the process for getting dental veneers?
Your first visit
Normally, it takes two appointments for you to get veneers. During the first appointment the dentist (like those at Glendale Dental Group) will prepare your teeth for the veneers. This will involve having your teeth ground down. They will be brought down in size to make room for the bonding and the veneers, as well as shaped to provide a stable base for the coverings. Your gums may be numbed before your dentist grinds down your teeth.
Don't be surprised if your teeth are very sensitive after they have been prepared for veneers, a lot of the protective enamel has been removed. You may be sent home with temporary coverings and this will help cut down on some of that sensitivity.
Your second visit
Once your veneers come back from the dental lab, your dentist will have you come in so they can be put in place. They will put a bonding material on each tooth getting a veneer. This bonding will be what glues the veneers in place. They will then put the veneers on your teeth. A special light will be used to speed up the adhesion process.
After all the veneers have been put on your teeth, the dentist will clean any leftover bonding material off your teeth and gums. The end result will be a great looking smile and a correct bite. Once you leave the office you won't have to come back for anything other than your routine dental visits for exams and regular teeth cleaning appointments.