Veneers are dental covers or custom-made shells which cover a tooth to improve appearance. They make it easy to cover a chipped tooth and can also cover a gap between teeth. Veneers are made of thin tooth-colored material to give a natural appearance. They are custom made for the tooth in concern. If you have a chipped tooth affecting your smile, you should consider getting in touch with the expert team at Star28 Dental Clinic. Call us to book your appointment and gain back your confidence with dental veneers.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin. Porcelain veneers are considered a better option because they resist stains better than bonding materials, and also look closer to natural teeth because of the unique light-reflecting property. Both options are discussed before the procedure for a better understanding by the patient.
The process starts with a diagnosis, which involves a detailed dental examination. The teeth are checked to ensure veneers are the right procedure for you. The team will also discuss all the pros and cons of the procedure, so the patient can make an educated decision.
The next step includes x-rays which help the team determine the existing structures and the measurement of veneers. The last step is taking impressions of the mouth and teeth. To prepare for the placement of veneers inside the mouth, the tooth surface is reshaped and if needed, the enamel is trimmed for a perfect fit.
Lastly, a model is created using the impression of the mouth and the tooth is sent out to a dental laboratory which will manufacture the veneers. The manufacturing process takes anywhere from two to four weeks and during this time, temporary veneers can be placed for the patient. At the next appointment, the veneers will be placed.
Once the veneers arrive from the laboratory, the next step is to fit them in place. This appointment covers important steps like adjusting the color of the veneer to match the remaining teeth. Staff will also trim the veneer to perfectly fit on the tooth. Then the tooth is prepared by cleaning, polishing, and etching. A special cement is used to attach the veneer to the tooth. It is applied to the tooth as well as the veneer and as soon as the veneer is placed in position, the cement is dried with the help of an ultraviolet light beam.
The process is completed by removing excessive cement, checking the bite, and making some final adjustments in the fitting.
It takes some time to get used to veneers. They have to be re-checked if the bite does not feel natural. Healthy routines like brushing and flossing every day are a must. Lastly, veneers are prone to breaking when chewing on hard objects or if the patient bites their fingernails.
If you have a misshapen tooth or a huge gap between two teeth, you should consider getting a veneer. Book your appointment today with the expert team at Star28 Dental Clinic by giving us a call at (714) 523-2828. They will walk you through the complete process and will help you smile without hesitation.