Dental veneers are the most popular cosmetic choice to change the appearance of your teeth nowadays. Dental veneers help people with chipped or broken teeth or uneven gaps between teeth. Dental veneers are thin covers that are made of porcelain or resin composite material. At Elliott Dentistry, we can help you gain your confident smile back with the help of dental veneers.
Dental Veneers Benefits
The most common benefit of dental veneers is improved teeth appearance and giving you a brighter smile than before. Advantages of dental veneers include fixing discoloration of teeth or misshapen teeth, covering for a broken or chipped tooth, filling uneven spaces or gaps in the teeth, giving a more natural look, and being stain resistant. Veneers can last a long time, giving you a perfect and brighter smile.
Getting a dental veneer will require you to follow some necessary steps. Before the procedure, you will tell us what result you want to achieve after the process. First of all, we take an x-ray of your teeth, usually to evaluate your oral health. To prepare your veneer, our dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth and send it out to the laboratory. It takes up to 2-4 weeks to make your veneer.
After your veneer comes back from the lab, we always check the size, shape, and color of the veneer so that it is as you desire it. After the evaluation, we clean your teeth to avoid any bacterial infections that can cause them to decay. Then we apply the grinding tool to the tooth’s surface to make it rough so the veneer may stick on the teeth properly. Our dentist will then place the veneer on your tooth and adjust it according to the fittings by trimmings and removing the surface until it fits properly. Then dental cement is applied by our dentist to bond the veneer to the teeth, and ultraviolet light is shone on the veneer to activate the chemicals within the cement so that they harden the cement quickly. The final steps of this procedure will include removing excess cement and then checking your bite and any other adjustments that need to be done. The dentist may call you for another visit after a few weeks to review your veneers’ placement and your gum health.
Aftercare And Lifespan Of Veneers
The recovery process does not take much time, just like most other dental procedures. Once your veneer is placed and cemented correctly, you will be allowed to eat and drink normally. Although patients feel rough spots surrounding the veneers, it is due to the excess cement that is stuck near the veneer. They usually wear down after several days of eating normally and brushing correctly. If they do not, you can ask us to smooth it out. Typically veneers last between 7 to 15 years. After that, they need to be replaced. If you are interested in knowing more about dental veneers, we at Elliott Dentistry can tell you all you need to know and help you to smile confidently again. Call us at 971-274-4360 today.