Dental veneers are thin shells that are made of porcelain or composite resin and are designed to fit over one of your teeth to make it look natural. Each one is custom-made to match the shape of tooth over which it's placed, and we use multiple in-office procedures to bind the veneer to the tooth's enamel.
Veneers improve a tooth's resilience and chewing power just like natural enamel. They are also highly stain-resistant. We can use them to fix teeth that are discolored, worn, uneven, or misaligned. Patients also seek veneers for cosmetic reasons like teeth whitening. They're an effective and quick way to enhance your smile, even if you have teeth with gaps, chips or discoloration.
Preparing for Veneer Placement
Something to take note of is that veneer treatments are irreversible, so you need to have a sufficient understanding of how the procedure works so you can properly take care of your veneers following the procedure. During the consultation, we will tell you everything you need to know.
We can fabricate the veneer before you come into our office and if we do, the procedure will take only one appointment. However, if we need to craft the veneer in our laboratory, it will take two appointments. We can use general anesthesia if you need it, but most of the time this is not necessary.
Veneer Placement Procedure
The first step is to clean the tooth. Dr. Gregory J. Gorman, DMD will determine what shade to make the veneer so that it matches the tooth it's meant to augment. He will remove a piece from the tooth to make a space for the veneer, and then he'll make an impression of your tooth. The impression is sent to our dental laboratory, which will craft the veneer, so it fits that specific tooth. Before you receive the completed veneer, we'll place a temporary one on your tooth.
We'll remove the temporary veneer and clean your tooth using water and pumice once the completed veneer arrives. After washing the veneer and letting it air dry, Dr. Gregory J. Gorman, DMD will use resin cement to attach the veneer to your tooth. Once the veneer is in place, he will remove any extra cement and polish the tooth. If necessary, he may call you in for an appointment a few weeks later to make sure it's comfortable enough.
Caring for Your Veneers
You can brush and floss your veneers the same way you do for your normal teeth. We recommend using a special non-abrasive toothpaste for veneers. Also consider reducing the number of foods and drinks you consume that cause stains, like coffee, tea, and red wine.
Longevity of Veneers
Like dental crowns, veneers are usually made of conventional porcelain, and veneers made of this material are very effective at fixing discolored or misshaped teeth. If they are properly cared for, they can last for up to 20 years.
It is essential to practice good dental hygiene to ensure your veneers go the distance. However, even if they last for decades, they will eventually need replacement. We're here to help with that as well if the time comes.
For more information, please contact our office at (970) 812-3959.