First, there must be a diagnosis made by the dentist. Once the dentist has diagnosed whether or not you are a candidate for Veneers, she will move forward with a plan for treatment.
Porcelain Veneers tend to resist staining much better than a Resin Veneer. They also reflect a more natural color and light reflection of a natural tooth. Resin Veneers are thin and require stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin Veneers are thinner and less Tooth surface has to be removed to bond them in place. The dentist will discuss both options and help you decide which material is best for you.
Veneers are typically for the following problems:
-Chipped or broken teeth
-Misaligned or uneven teeth
-Oddly shaped teeth
-Teeth with gaps
The placement of Veneers will take more than one visit. After the initial assessment, and you inform the dentist of your goal, the dentist makes the plan for treatment. Then the doctor will take an impression and x-rays. Next, the teeth need to be prepared before the bonding process.
The bonding process involves removing approximately 1/2 a millimeter of enamel from the tooth’s surface. The thickness of the Veneer is equal to the amount of enamel removed. For this treatment the dentist will help you decide which type of anesthetic is best for you. Another impression will be made and sent to the laboratory the dentist uses to make the Veneers. The manufacturing of the Veneers can take from one to two weeks.
Once the Veneers are returned, the dentist will use a temporary bonding to your teeth to check size and fit. More than likely, they will have to be removed and trimmed to ensure an exact fit. This may take some time, so prepare to be in the office for a while.
Next, the Veneer will be polished and etched. The etching process allows for grooves to make the bond to your natural tooth stronger. For the permanent adhesion, the color of the cement will aid in perfecting the match your teeth.
After proper placement is complete, the dentist uses a light beam which activates the chemicals in the cement and makes the hardening take place faster. The finals steps are cleaning the excess cement, checking your bite, and making any final adjustments necessary. A follow-up visit will more than likely be required to check the Veneers and the surrounding tissue.
If Porcelain Veneers or Resin Veneers appeal to you, make an appointment with the dentist for an assessment. A nice smile goes a long way!