Veneers are thin shells that are custom-made to replace the exterior of your teeth. Veneers can be made from composite resin or porcelain. Veneers are widely used in cosmetic dentistry to restore the brilliance of teeth damaged from discoloration or fracturing. Veneers are largely a cosmetic treatment, not suitable for repairing major damage or decay. Dental veneers restore the aesthetic appeal of a person's smile. If you are considering veneers, it is important to understand that it is an irreversible treatment, requiring the removal of tooth enamel that cannot be replaced with natural tissue.
Developing a good oral hygiene routine should come first before undergoing the procedure to maintain desired results. Veneers can help make minor adjustments to teeth alignment. Veneers have been used to repair chipped or fractured teeth. Teeth that are discolored from lifestyle or age can be renewed by veneers. If you are considering veneers, reach out to us at Schnierow Dental Care to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The treatment for porcelain veneers can take two appointments. On your first visit, a dentist files down your enamel and makes an impression of the reshaped teeth with putty. The impression is sent to a dental lab to make the veneers. This can take about one to three weeks. Your dentist may be able to install temporary veneers to hold you over during this period. When the veneers are ready you will return to have them installed. To begin, the dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth. An acid is used to rough the backside of the veneer and the front of your teeth to create a firm bond. A strong dental adhesive is applied to secure the veneers into place. Making and applying veneers takes a lot of precision, it can take one to two hours to apply, depending on the number of teeth being treated.
Porcelain is a biocompatible and stain-resistant material that can restore the brilliance of your smile with stunning accuracy. Porcelain has a translucency and shine that is identical in appearance to the enamel of natural teeth. Because porcelain veneers need to be fabricated in a dental lab, they require more than one appointment for installation. Porcelain veneers are durable and long-lasting, despite how thin they are. They can be expected to last 10 to 20 years. Zirconia porcelain veneers are highly strong and suitable for patients with teeth that are slightly damaged but do not require a crown. Porcelain veneers cost more than composites but outshine them in quality.
The Benefits of Composite Veneers
Composite resin veneers are a similar treatment to porcelain veneers. They require only one appointment to be applied. To begin, a dentist files the enamel of your teeth, agitates the surface with an acid, and applies a strong bonding agent to the teeth. The dentist will carefully apply the composite resin in thin layers, hardening each layer with a UV lamp. They build up these layers until the desired shape and proportion are reached. Once shaped, the tooth is buffed and polished, completing the veneer.
A consultation with one of our specialists at Schnierow Dental Care can help determine a timeline and overall treatment plan that meets your needs and schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a consultation, call us at (424) 383-5005 today.