16 January 2018 Comments Off on What Is a Porcelain Veneer

What Is a Porcelain Veneer

Porcelain veneers (or dental veneers) are custom-made shells that are so thin which are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are attached to the front of the teeth to improve its appearance. Since most porcelain veneers match the color of the natural teeth, no one can detect that you are wearing them. 

Aside from restoring your great smile, dental veneers have other uses. These include fixing a chipped tooth, correcting the misaligned of the teeth, fixing the irregular shape and closing the space between teeth. 

How do dentists put the porcelain veneers in its place? Getting dental veneers will need you to visit your dentists three times. The three stages of placing dental veneers include:  

Diagnosis and treatment planning:  On your first visit, explain to the dentist what bothers you about your teeth. Ask your dentist ontario what you can expect after using dental veneer. Verify to him if you can achieve the result that you want. If not, ask what are the other possible options. Once you are satisfied with your dentist’s explanation, you may need X-rays and the dental technician will make impressions of your mouth and teeth. 

Preparation: The veneer’s thickness is about ½ millimeter. That same thickness needs to be carved out from the tooth’s enamel. Trimming the tooth’s surface can be very painful. Because of this, your dentist will decide whether you need a local anesthesia to numb the area. Then, the dentist will create an impression of your teeth. This model will be sent out to a dental laboratory which will make your veneer. The veneers will be available after 2-4 days. 

Bonding: The veneers need to perfectly fit in your teeth. Before it is permanently placed on your tooth, your dentist will check first if it is the right size and color. He will repeatedly put it and take it back again for a trim. If the problem is the shade, the dentist will use a cement to adjust it. Now that the veneer is ready, it’s time to prepare your tooth. First, the tooth enamel needs to be cleaned, polished, and etched. Then, special cement is applied to the veneer before it is attached to your tooth. To bond the veneer and the tooth really well, a special light beam will be used to harden the cement quickly.  Lastly, the dentist will remove any excess cement and adjust the veneers as needed.