Quite often, cosmetic dental procedures can produce dramatic results in the appearance of your smile. Very few procedures can claim to make as big a difference as veneers.
What is a dental veneer?Dental veneers
are very thin pieces of durable porcelain that are shaped like a tooth. It is made to be placed over the front of your tooth and will act as the new face of your tooth. You might get a veneer for a few different reasons. Perhaps your teeth are off-white, or stained
in some areas and not in others – veneers are a great solution to help even out the color of your teeth. Maybe you have large gaps between your teeth, or perhaps the opposite is true and your teeth are too crowded – veneers can solve that problem as well.
They are used to reshape and re-color your smile, and they do a great job of it. Often veneers can be used in applications where crowns
are too expensive, or too drastic of a procedure. Overall, veneers have the ability to transform your teeth to give you the picture perfect smile you have always wanted.
How does a dental veneer work?
The process for receiving a veneer is fairly straight forward. It will require two office visits to complete. During the first appointment we will remove a thin layer of the enamel from the teeth that will be receiving the veneers. Removing the layer of enamel will give your tooth enough room to receive the veneer.
Once the teeth have been prepared, buffed, and shaped we will make an impression of your teeth to send to a dental lab which will build your veneers. Along with the mold of your teeth
we will send detailed instructions about the shade of your teeth so the veneers will blend in perfectly with your teeth. We can always change the shade of your veneers to be as light or dark as you please.
It will typically take a week or so for us to receive your new veneers from the laboratory. Once we receive and prepare them it will be time for your second visit to our office. During this visit we will apply the veneers to your teeth using a durable dental cement. Before the veneers are permanently set we will trim them to achieve a great fit. Once trimmed they will be polished, etched, and cleaned. Once we have them placed and ready to be permanently fixed to your tooth we will use a special light that will harden the cement.
How long do veneers last?
This is a question we get a lot and there is no specific answer. A lot goes on in your mouth and everyone has different routines and habits that make it harder or easier for veneers to last a long time. Generally speaking, a veneer can last anywhere from five to twenty years. We suggest that you do not bite your nails, ice, or use your teeth to open bags/packages, as these kinds of activities can damage veneers and your teeth.
If dental veneers are something that interest you, please give our office a call at (503) 498-6030
to setup an appointment and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!