What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells placed over existing teeth to improve the look of your most visible teeth.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” At Trinity Dental Centers, we custom create your veneers to the contour of your mouth and attach them to your existing teeth during a series of in-office procedures.
Why Should I Get Veneers?
Veneers repair and cover chipped, misaligned, gapped, stained and discolored, or otherwise misshapen teeth. They create a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing smile. Additionally, they are very are difficult to stain, which makes them a popular choice for people seeking a bright, white smile.
Veneers are a less invasive alternative option in comparison to crowns or dental implants and can be used to connect gaps or fix minor misalignments. You can also choose them as a cosmetic option to enhance the brightness of your teeth or to straighten your smile, improving issues such as discoloration, or fractured teeth.
How Are They Made?
Dental veneers are usually made of conventional porcelain material and composite resin. Generally, porcelain is preferable for improving issues concerning shape or color. They can last anywhere from ten to twenty years. They are an excellent option because they are difficult to stain or discolor, therefore providing a permanently beautiful smile. Contact Trinity Dental Centers today to see how we can help you regain the confidence to always proudly show off your smile!
The usual process involves one to two appointments. If the veneer is premade, it usually takes one appointment and if they are customized, it will require two appointments. The placement process is outlined below:
Anesthetics are normally not necessary when placing veneers. However, depending on your sensitivity, they can be used if required. First, your dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade. Then, the dentist will extract a tiny amount of your tooth enamel to make room for placement. An impression of your teeth will then be taken.
A laboratory will receive the impression and you will receive a temporary veneer in the meantime. After the lab delivers the permanent ones to your dentist, your temporary ones are removed and your teeth cleaned. This porcelain shell will be etched, rinsed with water, and dried. The liquid adhesive is placed in preparation, and a light is used to cure it once everything is precisely positioned. The light-cure takes around one minute on all surfaces in order to properly attach it to your tooth structure. Your dentist will remove any extra adhesive material and polish the sides.
At Trinity Dental Centers, your dentist will schedule a follow-up visit to check for comfort and how you are adjusting to your newer and brighter smile.