Can Veneers Improve Your Smile?
What are veneers? They are thin shells of a porcelain or composite resin material that is bonded to the front of your teeth. When a dentist puts in veneers, it requires no anesthesia and can be a great solution that can improve the appearance of your front teeth. A cosmetic dentist Scottsdale-based or otherwise can use veneers to hide discolorations, whiten your teeth, and improve the appearance of your smile.
Should You Get Veneers?
In many situations, they are an excellent alternative to a dental crown. They present a more conservative way of brightening your teeth or changing their size and shape. A cosmetic dentist Phoenix-based or otherwise can use them to hide defects like teeth stains, injuries, or damage due to a root canal. They are also a good way to hide discoloration in your front teeth. If you have gaps in your front teeth or have teeth that are chipped or worn down, veneers may be a great option for you. They last for a long time, and a properly performed procedure can give your veneers remarkable longevity.
How Is The Procedure Performed?
As a patient, you may need to have up to 3 appointments to complete the veneer procedure. These appointments involve diagnosis and treatment, the preparation process, and bonding.
A dentist Scottsdale-based or elsewhere will prepare your teeth by buffing your teeth to make room for the additional thickness of the new veneer. The dentist will remove about half a millimeter of of your tooth. At this time, you may need a local anesthetic. If you’re getting composite resin veneers, you can generally get them done in one appointment. After your cosmetic dentist prepares your tooth, they will bond and sculpt the composite resin materials on your teeth. If you are considering this procedure your dentist will take a mold of your teeth, after which the mold will be sent to the laboratory so that the veneers can be made. This process could take a few days.
After the procedure is completed, your dentist will put them onto your teeth to check the shade and fit. When they are on your teeth, both you and the dentist will look for variations in color. This is important as the shade can not be changed once the dentist cements your veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will then clean the them with chemicals so that they bond together. The dental cement is then put between your veneer and tooth, and the dentist will use a light beam to harden the dental cement.
If you’re interested in learning about how veneers can improve your smile, call or email our office. Our staff will be more than happy to talk to you about different types of smile makeovers.
Some of the other procedures that our office performs include the following treatments:
- Dental crown
- Dental fillings
- Dental root canals
- Teeth whitening