Are you looking for that wow factor in your smile?
That radiance that leaves a lasting impression every time you smile? Dental veneers may be the perfect option for you.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin tooth colored coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of your teeth. Veneers are made and shaped to look like natural teeth. With veneers, you get a chance to choose a lighter color, if you want whiter teeth.
To get a rough idea of how veneers work, a comparison may be made with the way artificial finger nails work. Dental veneers are however a more permanent option may be made from resin composite material or porcelain. Our team at Neptune Dental will assist you to make the right choice after assessing your treatment needs.
If you have been dreaming about the “Hollywood smile”, veneers are your best option!
What types of problems can dental veneers correct?
Most people may want to have dental veneers because they want a brighter and more radiant smile. Dental veneers provide a more long-lasting result compared to tooth whitening. However dental veneers may be used to correct other problems including spaces between the teeth, poorly shaped or crooked teeth, broken or chipped teeth, permanently stained teeth or discolored old fillings especially on the front teeth.
Dental veneers can improve the appearance of the teeth but they cannot realign the jaw or correct overbites and under bites. Orthodontics (braces) may be required to correct these more complicated problems.
What is involved in getting porcelain veneers?
Usually two visits are required. The first visit may take between one to two hours. During this visit:
- Your teeth are examined, your desires and expectations are discussed and your color shades are selected. It is important that you take an active role in this “smile design” process. The size and shape of your teeth will be discussed.
- Your teeth may be prepared for porcelain veneers by trimming the enamel from the front and biting edge your teeth to accommodate the added thickness of the veneers so they can fit over your teeth without added bulk. Typically, 0.5 – 0.7 millimeter of enamel will be removed.
- An impression will be taken to make an exact replica of your teeth. This impression will be used to make a model upon which your porcelain veneer will be custom made.
- Temporary veneers may or may not be placed upon your teeth, depending upon the amount of tooth structure removed and kind of changes being made.
The second visit may also take between one to two hours. During this visit:
- Temporary veneers, if present, will be removed.
- The fit of the porcelain veneers will be evaluated by the doctor and then by you. This is a time for you to check the shape and color, fit and feel of the veneers to see if they meet your expectations before they are bonded to your teeth. We can make any changes you want before they are bonded to your teeth. Once porcelain veneers are bonded it is best not to adjust them.
- Once you approve of your veneers your teeth will be cleaned with a primer and surface conditioning agent to enable them to adhere well to your teeth. A tooth-colored, bonding adhesive is applied to the teeth and veneer then dried and hardened (bonded) to your teeth with a curing light.
- Once they are bonded any excess cement will be removed, your teeth will be flossed and your veneers will be polished.
Are you a good candidate for dental veneers
Dental veneers are not appropriate for everyone or every tooth. Case selection is an extremely important factor in the success of this technique. Veneering teeth is not a reversible procedure if tooth structure must be removed to achieve your desired result Only an examination by your dentist can determine whether dental veneers are appropriate for making the changes you want. Some of the situations where certain teeth or people are not good candidates for dental veneers include:
- Unhealthy teeth. Dental decay and active gum disease must be treated prior to fabricating and bonding dental veneers.
- Weakened teeth. If a significant amount of tooth structure is missing or has been replaced by a large filling the teeth will not be strong enough to function with a dental veneer.
- Teeth with an inadequate amount of enamel present. Dental veneers are more successfully bonded onto tooth enamel.
- People who habitually clench or grind on their teeth. Habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth can easily chip or break dental veneers. Dental night guards may be a solution for this in some cases.
- Persons without a stable bite.
- Severely malpositioned teeth or misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment may be required to achieve the desired result.
What care is required to maintain dental Veneers?
Dental veneers can chip or come off if not cared for properly. To improve their durability and longevity you need to maintain consistent good oral hygiene and have regular dental examinations and cleanings at least twice each year. In addition, you must avoid using them to bite or crack hard objects like nuts and ice.