Many procedures under cosmetic dentistry are sought after in order to improve the appearance of an individual’s teeth and smile. Here at Norcross Dental Associates, everything you are looking for, concerning the functions and aesthetics of your oral health, is here.
One of the most common cosmetic procedure being used is dental veneers. Veneers improve your appearance by covering the surface of your teeth with wafer-thin, tooth colored materials. These materials or shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to change their color, shape, size or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
When do you need veneers?
- Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Why do you need to consider veneer?
Veneers are known to be excellent alternative to crowns because they provide a more conservative approach to changing the teeth’s color, size and shape. They can cover many of your teeth’s imperfections and defects such as stains and damage due to injury or other dental procedures such as root canal. Patients with discolored teeth due to fillings or those with gaps between teeth or chipped or worn teeth may consider veneers. Veneers are known to last for several years and will even last longer if properly taken care of.
What procedures are involved?
Getting veneers may require three appointments and the phases included are diagnosis, treatment planning and bonding.
It is important that you take part and participate in the creation of the design. Spend time in the planning of the smile and make sure you are able to share your objectives with your dentist.
To prepare your teeth for the veneers, they are lightly buffed to allow a small thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth.
Ceramic veneers may take longer because a mold of your teeth has to be taken and sent to a laboratory. When they are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the results, and pay particular attention to the color because the color can still be adjusted at this point as well as the shade of the cement used. After the veneers are cemented, the colors could no longer be adjusted. Then a special cement is used to bond the teeth and the veneer with the use of a light beam to harden the cement.
What are the advantages of using veneers?
- They provide a natural tooth appearance.
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
This procedure can greatly enhance the beauty of your smile and it does not really require any special care. All you have to do is continue to practice good oral hygiene including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you normally would. And even though they are stain resistant, you are still recommended to avoid stain causing food such as coffee, tea or red wine.
For more information on dental veneers in norcross, you can always call or come to our dental office.