Dental veneers are very thin, tooth colored wafers that are bonded to the front of teeth to perfect their appearance. Typically made from either composite resin or dental porcelain, veneers are a durable, realistic, and aesthetically pleasing cosmetic dentistry restoration that can dramatically improve the look, feel, and even function of your smile. Offered by North Royalton dentists like Dr. Taylor, dental veneers are an excellent way to makeover your teeth.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers offer an incredible range of benefits for patients. Here are just a few.
Used to Repair a Wide Variety of Issues
Veneers are unique because they can be used to correct a long list of cosmetic and restorative dentistry issues, including chipped teeth, discoloration, surface texture problems, and even cracks. Veneers can also be used to fill gaps between teeth.
Veneers are custom designed for each and every patient, providing a natural shape, color, and sheen. When properly installed by North Royalton cosmetic dentists, dental veneers are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Less Expensive than Implants
Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, dental veneers are typically partially covered by dental insurance, driving the cost down for patients. Also, since dental veneers don’t involve complex procedures like bone grafting and surgery, they tend to cost much less than other restorations like dental implants.
Fast Installation Time
Another big benefit to dental veneers is that the installation timeline can be as short as a week. Also, since modern veneers are thinner than older versions, less surface preparation is needed, allowing patients to look normal even when they are in the process of receiving their veneers.
Dental veneers have been in use since the early eighties, and they have only gotten better over time. Modern veneers are designed to flex slightly like your natural teeth, extending their lifespan. Research has shown that veneers are capable of lasting 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
Step 1: Treatment Planning
If you are interested in receiving veneers, the first thing you need to do is make an appointment with Dr. Taylor to talk about the process. During this consultation, you will have the chance to discuss your aesthetic dental goals and to ask questions about the process. To determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, your teeth and gum tissue will be carefully examined. After you are determined to be a candidate, Dr. Taylor will talk with you about your personal treatment timeline.
Step 2: Teeth Preparation
Since veneers are a shell that fits over the surface of the tooth, a very small amount of your natural tooth surface will need to be removed to make room for the restoration. This typically involves removing about half a millimeter of thickness from the surface of your tooth. Before this is done, your teeth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. After the enamel is removed, impressions will be taken of your teeth so that dental technicians can create veneers that fit perfectly. Veneers can take as long as 1-2 weeks to get back from the lab, but because so little of your natural tooth is removed, you'll be able to eat and talk normally.
Step 3: Installation
When your final veneers are back from the lab, you'll come in to have them permanently attached to your teeth. The veneers will be checked repeatedly to perfect their shape, contouring, and color. Before the veneers are put in place, the tooth will be cleaned and polished to seal out decay. Next, a special compound is applied to the tooth to improve adhesion, and dental cement is applied to the tooth. Then the veneer will be put in place carefully and cured. Once the veneer is where it should be and cured properly, the sides of the tooth will be polished to blend in perfectly with the repair.
Step 4: Follow Up
After your veneers are installed, you will be asked to come in for a follow-up visit to make sure that you haven’t had any problems with your restoration. This step is also important to make sure that the gum tissue is responding properly to the repair.
Caring for Dental Veneers
Taking care of dental veneers is incredibly straightforward. Patients need to be committed to practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing like normal, wearing an athletic mouth guard when they play sports, and avoiding grinding or clenching their teeth. Heavily pigmented foods should also be avoided, since pigments can discolor veneers. Last but not least, patients should avoid using whitening toothpastes, which often contain abrasives that can scratch veneers.
For more information about dental veneers, contact your North Royalton cosmetic dentist today. With veneers, you can enjoy a beautiful smile that looks completely natural in less time than you think.