Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells with the thickness of a wafer that dentists adhere to the front surface of your teeth. They resemble your teeth' natural color and are hard to notice unless you come close. Dentists recommend them for hiding imperfections like stains, discoloration, chips, and dental decay.
Veneers can be customized to blend seamlessly with your smile?
During the first consultation, the dentist will conduct a visual examination of your teeth to decide whether you’re a good fit for the treatment. Ideal candidates include patients with tooth discoloration, fractures, and mild to moderate dental decay. Some dentists might take bite impressions and x-rays of your teeth in case of underlying issues that exceed aesthetics.
You’ll work together with your dentist to create a treatment plan that works for your situation. This involves discussing your cosmetic goals and determining the size, shape, and color of the veneers. Dentists may sometimes use 3D imaging software to give you an idea of what to expect. After imaging, they’ll prepare your teeth for the veneers by shaving bits of the enamel. This is usually done under local anesthesia.
The dentist will place a tray with dental putty on your teeth to get their impressions. Some dentists use 3D digital scanners to achieve the same. These impressions are sent to a lab to fabricate your custom veneers. Fabrication takes about two to three weeks. Meanwhile, you’ll have to wear temporary veneers made from acrylic or dental wax.
The dentist will schedule a placement appointment once the veneers arrive. The placement involves removing the temporary veneers and applying bonding material on the front surface of the teeth. The dentist then carefully places the veneers on the front surface of the teeth before curing it with a special light.
Veneers are incredibly effective at enhancing the visual appeal of your smile without looking too artificial. The veneers mimic the tooth’s natural color, blending with the rest of the teeth and making them hard to discern.
Veneers are also long-lasting and can last a lifetime with proper care and the right oral habits. Composite veneers last 7 to 10 years, while porcelain veneers last for 20 years or more. This makes them a better cosmetic option than treatments like teeth whitening that only last months.
Lastly, veneers are a quick and convenient option compared to orthodontics. The process of getting veneers is also minimally invasive and rarely requires anesthetic. This makes them suitable for patients of all ages.
Veneers can be used to correct minor facial asymmetry?
No, dental veneers aren’t removable. Instead, they’re permanent cosmetic treatments that only a licensed dentist can remove. However, you won’t need to remove these prosthetics since you can eat and brush or floss your teeth like usual even with veneers.
Veneers can be used as a conservative alternative to orthodontic treatment?
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