Veneers, porcelain or plastic are placed over the front teeth to change color and shape of the teeth. Veneers are ideal for teeth that are too small, too big, or have uneven surfaces. It is very common for people to have imperfect teeth, either oddly shaped teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, teeth with small holes in them, or an inappropriate sized tooth or teeth that have an odd appearance. Veneers solve such irregularities and create a durable and pleasing smile
Veneers, an alternative to crowns are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that is glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. This procedure is generally recommended for those whose teeth are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the dentist to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases. Veneers are created from an impression of your teeth made by the dentist. In some cases more tooth will need to be removed, which may increase the risk of trauma to the tooth. The veneer, which is custom made is then glued directly onto your tooth. Veneers cost less in comparison with a crown and do not stain, thus making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Typically veneers last from ten to fifteen years and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
There are two tooth veneers procedures available that correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown and yellow staining. While each work effectively, there are advantages and disadvantages to each procedure dependent upon your objectives and commitment to the processes. The type of procedures available should be discussed with your cosmetic dentist and they will recommend the most appropriate tooth veneers procedure for you.
When creating new smiles and smile makeovers, porcelain veneers are commonly used. The procedure can be completed in a very short period of time with satisfying results. Veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Veneers are strong and very durable and last from ten to fifteen years. They come in different colors which brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color. The procedure is done in two sittings which typically last for about one and a half hours.
It takes about a week or two to get used to your teeth that have been changed in color size and shape. Usually in most cases very little tooth is removed but there can be situations where more tooth has to be removed. In such cases the trauma to the tooth increases. The amount of the tooth to be removed will be discussed with you by the cosmetic dentist before the procedure.
It is common to have minor sensitivity after your teeth have been prepared for your veneers while wearing the temporary veneers.
In your first appointment, it is important to initially discuss with your cosmetic dentist that you will want to "try in" your veneers with temporary cement that is the same color cement as will be used for the permanent attachment. During this, be sure to look at your veneers in natural light in addition to the office light. Teeth are prepared for veneers by lightly buffing to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Veneers are thin like contact lenses and will usually only need tooth reduction of 0.5mm to 1.0mm. If a drastic change is being made for the result you want, reduction may be 1.0mm to 2.0mm. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. Temporary veneers will be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, advise your cosmetic dentist of any adjustments or changes you would like made, such as in shape or size. These changes will be translated into your permanent veneers, so good communication between you and your dentist is important in achieving your new smile.
Your dentist places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. The color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth. The tooth is then cleansed with chemicals to achieve a durable bond. Once the glue is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.
The procedure for Lumineers is different than the above traditional porcelain veneers. Still two visits, but there is little to no preparation of the tooth and no need for temporary veneers.
Composite Veneer Procedure:
Composite (direct) veneers are usually performed in a single visit to your cosmetic dentist. The procedure is an application of a bond and enamel directly to the tooth's surface.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure:
Porcelain (indirect) veneers are a very thin porcelain material. Usually porcelain veneers require two visits and also require a dental laboratory to create the final tooth restoration piece.
Lumineer Porcelain Veneer Procedure:
Made of Cerinate porcelain, Lumineers are a new type of porcelain veneers. They are contact lens-thin, roughly .2 mm thick. Little to no tooth reduction in most cases is necessary with this type of veneer and anesthetics or numbing shots are not needed.