Overview of Veneers
The common alternative to crowns, veneers are specially-shaped thin porcelain that are bonded over the front of your teeth often requiring little to no injections of anesthetic. They help fix teeth that are severely stained, chipped, crooked, misshapen or they help correct uneven or unwanted spaces. Different from crowns, veneers don’t require the dentist to have to remove much of the underlying tooth itself in most instances. Always make sure to ask you cosmetic dentist how much of your tooth structure is going to be removed in the procedure. In some instances more tooth structure must be removed than others if severe misalignment of teeth exists. These cases usually are when the patient doesn’t want to wait for orthodontic alignment which may take moths or even years to complete. Dental veneers are created in a laboratory from models of your teeth made from impressions taking at your aesthetic dentist’s office. Once you veneers are completed at the lab and delivered back to the dentist, they are then bonded to your teeth by your dentist. One of the advantages of veneers is that they won’t stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Very durable, veneers most frequently last from 10 to 15 years, and are available in colors that can brighten teeth which are dark without the patient needing to be concerned about them ever changing color..
Additional information on Veneers
During your initial appointment, it is very important to discuss that you will want to use temporary cement the same color as the final cement to be used to try in your veneers. While doing th “try-in” phase, be careful to observe your veneers in the office light and in natural lighting so you’ll have a better idea what they’ll look like outside the dental office. Thin like contact lenses, veneers will usually only require tooth reduction of around 0.5mm to 1.0mm. If for the result you want a drastic change in tooth structure is required, reduction may be increased to 1.0mm to 2.0mm. Until your permanent veneers are finished by the dental lab which is chosen, you will need to have temporary veneers made your aesthetic dentist on your teeth for approx. 2 to 3 weeks. While the temporary veneers are on your teeth, tell your dentist of the things you like or don’t like about your temporaries so that your seattle dentist may inform the laboratory of any changes needed for your permanent veneers. Good communication between your dentist and you is important if you would like to achieve exactly the look of your teeth you desire.