WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to treat severely stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth, misaligned or misshapen teeth, or gapped teeth. Their versatility makes them an extremely popular cosmetic dental treatment option.
DID YOU KNOW…
You don’t need veneers for every tooth. Depending on your needs, you can get just one or an entire set.
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What to expect at your preventive dental care appointment
During your consultation, you’ll discuss the issues you have with your smile and how you’d like to change it. DR. AWASTHY can talk to you about veneers as well as other treatment options. Together, you’ll decide if veneers are the right option for you.
Once you’ve decided to move forward with veneers, your dentist will create a treatment plan that aligns with your smile goals and preferences. This plan will outline which teeth will be treated, how many veneers you’ll need, and if any other cosmetic or restorative treatments will be required.
PREPARATION OF TEETH
At your next appointment, your teeth will be prepared to accommodate your veneers. Your dentist will clean and numb your mouth, and then remove a very thin layer (0.5mm or less) of enamel from each tooth that is getting a veneer. This is done to ensure a good hold for the veneer, and to avoid adding thickness to the treated teeth.
IMPRESSION & TEMPORARY VENEERS
After your teeth are trimmed, you’ll have dental impressions and pictures taken of your teeth. These will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent veneers will be created. You will be sent home with a set of temporary resin veneers, which will protect your newly-prepared teeth until your permanent veneers are ready.
PERMANENT VENEER FITTING & ADJUSTMENT
Once your permanent veneers arrive at our office, you’ll see your dentist for your fitting. At this appointment, your dentist will check the fit of your veneers to ensure that they look and feel natural. Minor adjustments can be made before placement, if necessary.
PERMANENT VENEER PLACEMENT
Once your dentist has checked the fit of your veneers and everything looks good, they’ll be attached to your teeth permanently using powerful dental cement, and you’ll be sent home with a beautiful, brand new smile.
- Tooth Staining Or Discoloration
- Worn Teeth
- Chipped, Broken Or Irregularly Shaped Teeth
- Misalignment Or Gapping
Tooth Staining Or Discoloration
In some cases, tooth staining or discoloration may not be treatable with other cosmetic dentistry methods, like teeth whitening. Severe stains or internal tooth stains, such as tetracycline stains, may persist even after teeth whitening. Veneers can completely cover up the stained tooth and restore its natural, bright appearance.
If your teeth are worn from issues like teeth grinding (bruxism), veneers may be an appropriate treatment to restore their shape and appearance. However, it’s important to also address the root cause of worn teeth. If you suffer from grinding, for example, you may need to get a night guard to protect your teeth after you get veneers.
Chipped, Broken Or Irregularly Shaped Teeth
Veneers may be used to treat minor chipping or breakage in the teeth, as long as the damage is limited to the outer layers of enamel and dentin. More serious tooth injuries may require the use of a dental crown and root canal therapy.
Veneers are also commonly used to treat and restore irregular or misshapen teeth, providing you with a straighter and more even smile.
Misalignment Or Gapping
Minor tooth misalignment and gapping can be resolved with veneers. Your teeth can be trimmed by our dental office and then covered with veneers to correct these issues, and provide you with a more pleasing smile.
However, veneers can only be used to treat minor issues with misalignment and tooth gapping. For more serious teeth alignment issues, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or braces may be required before cosmetic treatment with veneers.