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Dental veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve the color, shape and overall appearance. Some people opt for veneers to change their entire smile, others only need veneers to correct fractured teeth or defects.
We usually recommend veneers be done in pairs for symmetry. So, two front teeth, or 4 front teeth or six. It is harder to match one porcelain tooth to an existing tooth especially in front. If you are looking to change your smile, a wax up on a cast model can be done so that you can see what the final results may look like. Call True Dental today for a free consultation.
Types of veneers
There are two types of veneers that are commonly used. Porcelain veneers are more durable, and resist stains better. The properties of the material also helps to create a very natural tooth look. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span, but are less expensive.
When should you consider dental veneers?
You talk to our dentist about dental veneers if
- Your teeth are stained or discolored teeth
- Your teeth are crooked or misshaped teeth
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
How it's done
Two visits to dentist are typically required for porcelain veneers. After consultation and a wax up, the first treatment visit involves numbing your teeth and then lightly preparing the front surface of your teeth. A slight reduction of 0.5mm (the width of a mechanical pencil tip) is done to the enamel. Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to fabricate the veneer. Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth from sensitivity while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.
There are some precautions to consider after receiving veneers. We recommend avoiding biting or tearing anything with you front teeth since the veneers are thin and can break with abnormal forces. A night guard may be prescribed to prevent grinding on them at night.