Similarly to cosmetic dental bonding, veneers are ideal for teeth that are too small, have an odd shape, are crooked, or have other unappealing characteristics.
Porcelain veneers are an extremely thin “shell,” that is placed over the existing tooth. They can be an excellent choice to correct irregularities and create a durable and pleasing smile.
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In the past, the only cosmetic option in many of these cases was crowns, which required the dentists to remove a significant portion of the tooth.
While veneers do require that a small portion of the front and sides of tooth structure be removed to make room for the veneer and prevent the tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural, it is significantly less than more invasive dental procedures.
It is essential that your teeth are healthy and free of decay or gum disease. Depending on your oral health, it may be necessary to consider gum treatment or restorative care before cosmetic procedures, such as veneers are scheduled.
For those patients who clench or grind their teeth, Dr. Huang may suggest a plastic dental nightguard to be worn while sleeping, which can help minimize stress on your teeth. Without a nightguard the thin veneers may chip or break on patients that grind or clench their teeth.
- Detailed records are taken of the entire structure of your face, not just your teeth, so as to ensure that the beautiful smile Dr. Huang creates is, ultimately, your beautiful smile.
- A computerized smile model and the waxed preview give you, personally, the opportunity to consider and choose the shape, size, and brightness of your new smile.
- With the information, photos, and detailed measurements that Dr. Huang gathers, a model of your new veneers is created.
Upon your next visit, you will “try on” your new smile for one week. This is an excellent opportunity to make any necessary changes to ensure that you will be completely thrilled with the final result.
Once you are completely satisfied with the look and feel of your custom veneers, an appointment will be scheduled to place them.
The application of the completed veneers is a simple and comfortable procedure. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, the area will be lightly numbed, and the veneers will then be attached using dental cement.
Typically, veneers are difficult to stain, which is another reason why they can be an excellent option.
However, because veneers are somewhat brittle, they might chip or peel. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
Like any dental restorations, it is possible, over time and with wear, for veneers to dislodge. In that case, new ones might be needed.
On average, with proper oral health care, your veneers should last 10-15 years.