Veneers are used to cover problem teeth. The veneer itself is a thin shell of a material like porcelain or a resin composite. The material is permanently bonded to the teeth. Unlike braces, the function of veneers are not to straighten teeth, but they can provide the appearance thereof.
Veneers are often used when teeth are resistant to bleaching or have deep stains. A common dental problem is a gap between the two front teeth. If the teeth are otherwise straight (so braces aren’t necessary), veneers can cover and hide the gap. Veneers are not used to cover badly broken or decayed teeth; a dental implant is usually required in these situations.
Yes. The purpose of the first appointment is to assess the teeth and develop a treatment plan. At the second visit, the teeth will be lightly buffed to provide a good surface for the veneer. The third visit is used to fit, shape and permanently bond the veneer to the natural tooth. Many dentists also schedule a follow-up appointment about two weeks after the veneers are attached to check for any problems.
Veneers are made from resin composite or porcelain. Composite veneers are bonded and sculpted directly to the teeth. The first step in making porcelain veneers is to prepare a mold of the existing teeth. The mold is sent to a dental lab, where each veneer is created separately. The porcelain veneer must then be placed, checked for fit and color, and adjusted as necessary. The tooth is cleaned with special chemicals before the veneer is permanently cemented in place. A special light beam hardens the cement.
Most people find it takes a week or two to adjust to veneers. Although a veneer that is a slightly different size from the original tooth may take some getting used to, it may also mean an adjustment is necessary, which is why most dentists recommend a two-week checkup. Veneers do not require specialized care but do require daily flossing and twice-daily brushing.
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