Veneers are a type of cosmetic dental prosthetic made from porcelain or composite resin. These materials are formed into thin shells that cover the front surfaces of patients' teeth. Veneers are made to custom-fit the wearer’s teeth and cover imperfections on the teeth like cracks, chips, stains, and discoloration, giving patients a more appealing smile and boosting their self-confidence.
Veneers were first invented in the 1920s as a temporary solution for actors who needed to quickly change the appearance of their teeth for a role?
Dr. Emily will examine your teeth to determine whether veneers are the best cosmetic dental option for your case. If so, she’ll shave a tiny layer of your enamel from the front surface of the teeth. This creates space for the veneer and prepares the surface for bonding with it.
Dr. Emily will now take impressions of the teeth that need veneers. To do so, she’ll press a putty-like material in a tray on your teeth. The tray will sit on your teeth for a few minutes and once the putty sets, she’ll remove it. She’ll inspect the impressions and send them to a lab to fabricate the veneers.
Dr. Emily might give you temporary veneers while you wait for the actual veneers to arrive. After two weeks or so, she’ll call you back for veneer placement. This starts by removing the temporary veneers and cleaning the teeth before applying adhesive to the teeth. She’ll then gently place the veneers and waits for the cement to cure.
Dr. Emily will look at the veneers and make any final adjustments necessary to ensure they fit perfectly and are comfortable to wear. You’re free to go after the final adjustments but she’ll schedule follow-up visits to ensure your veneers fit well and the teeth beneath them are strong and healthy.
Veneers look just like your natural teeth and most people won’t even notice you have them on. This makes them a great choice for hiding imperfections without sacrificing the natural appearance of your teeth. You can boost your confidence and conquer the world with your beautiful smile.
Veneers are low-maintenance prosthetics and are impervious to stains and cavities. However, your veneers might discolor if you neglect proper oral hygiene, especially after consuming highly pigmented foods and drinks. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste to prevent this from happening.
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and can last for up to 20 years if you take good care of them. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, can last up to 10 years with proper oral hygiene and eating habits.
Veneers can help improve your speech?
Veneers can be a great option for patients with minor chips or cracks, as well as stained, discolored, or misshapen teeth. However, if you have oral health issues, such as decay or gum disease, they will need to be addressed before moving forward with treatment. To find out if veneers are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Emily Wojtowicz, and discover your smile's potential!
Veneers are not just for the front teeth? They can also be used on the back teeth to address issues such as stains, cracks, or chips.