General dentistry is crucial for people of all ages. Young patients have particular need of dental care. School-aged children are prone to developing tooth decay and having gum disease. As a parent, if you neglect to take your son or daughter to the dentist for regular appointments, their oral health can suffer. You should prioritize…
FAQs About the Use of Veneers in Cosmetic Dentistry
In cosmetic dentistry, veneers are an important part of helping your teeth look better. Veneers are one of the many tools that a cosmetic dentist has to give you the smile that you want. Dental veneers are a good option for covering up a fairly minor issue. Keep reading to find out more about them.
What are dental veneers?
These are thin shells that can cover the surface of the patient’s tooth. These can also be used for children who still have baby teeth. The veneers are made from dental composite material, which is a plastic. These can be applied to the tooth and then molded into the right shape.
On the other hand, dental porcelain veneers can be stronger. These are made in a dental lab. These veneers are customized to fit the patient’s tooth properly. Then, dental cement is used to apply them to the surface. That will allow for a strong bond.
What are veneers used for?
There are many issues that veneers can correct, such as gaps in the teeth. The veneer will be made wide enough to close the gap properly. It can also cover issues in the teeth, such as misshapen ones or chips on the teeth. Sometimes, a tooth is small naturally or shrinks from wear. The veneer can make the tooth look longer.
What should patients expect?
The process will happen in a couple of appointments. First, the teeth will be X-rayed. The teeth will be prepared with some of the enamel being removed. That way, the veneer can be applied easier. Then impressions and pictures will be taken so that the lab can better create the veneer.
Once this is done, the patient will have another appointment for the veneer to be attached to the teeth. If adjustments are needed, the veneer can be trimmed a bit. The teeth will be etched for a better fit and adhesion. Then, the dentist can attach the veneer and harden it with ultraviolet light. The patient may have another appointment to check the positioning and fit of the veneer. The gumline and bite will be checked to see that the veneer is not irritating the gums and that it is working.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers are meant to be bonded to the teeth permanently, but chipping or breakage might occur. The patient should care for the veneers by brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing once. The patient should visit the dentist for regular checkups as well. With the right care, porcelain veneers can last at least a decade or longer.
Choose dental veneers today
Dental veneers can fix many issues in your teeth, from gaps to chips. Discoloration can also be treated easily. The veneers can even be an alternative to getting orthodontic treatment for minor issues. Making an appointment with your dentist today is the first step to see if these are right for you.
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