Dental veneers cover the front of your tooth; with the intention of improving your appearance. Due to the result dentists seek, these veneers have to be very thin in order to create the desired outcome. Each set that is applied is custom-created because every tooth is different. Size isn’t the only aspect required to get tooth to look better with veneers. Another variable is the color. People have different shades of teeth In order to create a set of teeth that look fantastic, the dentist also has the take tooth-color into account as well.
Veneers are made from resin composite material, but can also be made from porcelain. When it comes to this particular form of cosmetic dentistry, most people choose porcelain over any other material because porcelain is more stain-resistant than other materials used currently. In addition, porcelain does a really good job of reflecting light in such a way that makes it look like a natural tooth; or if you have multiple porcelain veneers, natural teeth.
What Issues Are Solved using Dental Veneers?
Veneers are the go-to solution for:
Discolored Teeth – which can happen because of root canal treatment; stains created from wine, drugs, and coffee, or even large resin fillings that can cause a tooth to become discolored.
Worn down teeth.
Broken or chipped teeth.
Misaligned, or misshapen teeth.
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What Happens With Dental Veneers?
This is usually a 3-step process. What you will find, when it comes to most dentists, is a consultation, the second is the preparation, and third is the actual application itself.
The First Step – For this step to go well, and lead to a favorable outcome, it is essential you do everything possible to give your dentist all the information they need to help give you the proper care. It’s amazing how often patients will communicate the least amount possible in the early stage, and become frustrated when results weren’t up to their standards; because they never fully voiced a concern in the beginning.
So no matter what’s going on during your first visit, make sure to explain the exact outcome you are after. An examination will usually take place after the consultation, to determine which course of action is needed. Biderman Family Dental has had patients walk in with a very achievement in mind, only to find that another option made much more sense. See, so even if you are ready to go ahead and make that investment in your teeth – it still may not be the best one. The only way to tell is through the examination process.
The Prep Work – before any veneers can be placed, the dentist needs to remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the surface of the tooth. incidentally, that’s about the same size of the veneer porcelain laminate. In most situations, a local anesthetic is given to numb the area. Afterwards, the dentist creates an impression of the tooth in question. This impression is sent out to a dental laboratory. It’s at the laboratory where the custom veneer is created. This process can take anyway from 3-5 weeks, depending on the size and scope f the work needed.
The Application – The dentist goes through his measuring process before he cements the veneer in place. It’s a play on the old carpenter’s rule, “Measure twice, cut once.” In other words, the dentist needs to take as many measurements as possible before he cements it in place, so as not to make the procedure any more complicated – or expensive. The laminate is temporarily placed on the tooth to make sure it fits properly, and matches well with the other teeth – color wise. Next, it’s trimmed, if necessary, to make it’s as close to the real thing as you can possibly get. Your tooth is then cleaned, polished, and etched before the veneer is placed. This helps to roughen the tooth to create a better environment for the tooth to bond with the veneer. If the color isn’t right, the dentist will use different shades of cement to get it right. Once the cement is applied, the dentist activates the cement by focusing a laser on it. This causes the cement to dry; and harden quickly. To wrap things up, excess cement is removed, and you will be asked to bite several times to make sure it fits as well as it looks. In many instances, the dentist will ask you to come back in a few weeks to make sure everything went according to plan – and is going to stay that way as well.
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Pros To Getting Veneers:
They look as good as the real thing.
Your gums handle porcelain well.
The porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
Porcelain can help to make dark teeth appear whiter.
With veneers, there’s no need to drastically shape the tooth, as is required when placing a crown. However, like a crown, veneers are very strong – and like just as good; if not better.
Cons To Getting Veneers:
Once a veneer is placed, there is no going back. Because the tooth has been physically altered, the process is irreversible.
Veneers cost more than resin bonding – for all the reasons we already laid out.
Veneers are hard to repair should they chip or crack.
Your tooth, now that enamel has been removed, could become a little more sensitive to hot and cold food; or beverages.
If you have a tendency to bite your nails, chew on pencils, crush ice, open beer bottles with your teeth (these are all things people do on a regular basis) you could potentially set up your veneers to become permanently damaged – requiring even more work.
Getting a veneer does not end the risk of tooth decay. If you are not taking care of your teeth on a regular basis, and decay sets in; you may need a crown to cover the tooth entirely.
If you are suffering from oral disease, or have an unhealthy oral environment, you may want to skip on the veneers until the situation has been rectified.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
Veneers generally last between five and ten years. At which time, they need to be replaced.
Do Dental Veneers Require Special Care?
As long as you follow good oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing on a regular basis, you should be just fine.
Why Get Dental Veneers At All?
If you want to slightly change the shape of your tooth, and create better looking teeth – veneers are your best bet.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Unfortunately, because there are many variables involved with any dental procedure, giving out a price could be misleading. It makes more sense to call and set up your own consultation with Biderman Cosmetic and Family dental first, before you decide which path you want to take. Call 718-843-9209 and set your appointment up today!