If you've always wished you had prettier teeth, then dental veneers might be able to help. Veneers cover the front of your teeth so your smile can be brighter and your teeth can have a more uniform appearance. Veneers can close a gap between your front teeth, cover a chip, or make a short tooth longer. You might want a veneer on one tooth that doesn't match the others or you might want veneers on all your upper front teeth. Here's a look at the process of getting veneers.
The Dental Examination
The first step is to find a dentist who can apply the veneers and then schedule an appointment for an examination. While veneers can help with many dental problems, braces or crowns might be needed for certain situations. Once your dentist understands what you hope to achieve and has determined that you're a good candidate for veneers based on the shape of your teeth and your oral health, then the process begins that may entail a couple of dental visits to complete.
The Preparation Of Your Teeth
Veneers are very thin shells made out of porcelain, and even though they are thin, they still need room to fit over your teeth so they look natural. This usually entails removing a thin layer of enamel from the teeth getting veneers. The layer removed is so thin that you may not even need an anesthetic while you have the dental work, but it is available if you need it or want it. During this visit, the dentist will also get impressions of your teeth so the lab can custom make the veneers to fit in your mouth perfectly. Other preparation may need to be done as well. If your teeth haven't been cleaned recently, your dentist may want you to undergo teeth cleaning. Also, the color of the veneers will match the color of your teeth and the color of the porcelain can't be changed later. If you want to whiten other teeth, then that should be done before you get veneers so the porcelain can be matched to the new white color of your teeth.
The Application Of The Veneers
Putting the porcelain shells on your teeth is a matter of cementing them in place. However, the job requires meticulous precision so the shells don't cause irritation and so they look natural. Your dentist will apply and readjust them repeatedly until the position is just right. Last-minute color changes can be done at this time if necessary. Once the right color and position are finalized, the shells are permanently affixed with dental cement and a light is used on your teeth that causes the cement to harden quickly. When you leave the dental office, your teeth will have their new and improved appearance and you can care for them and eat with them just as you would natural teeth.