Have you been curious about the cosmetic procedure known as dental veneers? The general definition of a veneer is a covering of something unattractive to bring forth a more desirable appearance. For example, you can make your old house look new again when you cover the wood shingles with vinyl siding. This is the same concept that allows modern cosmetic dentistry to give new life to chipped, cracked or stained teeth.
A dental veneer is made of laminated porcelain roughly the thickness of a contact lens. The original enamel and structure of the tooth will remain the same. The veneer is simply bonded to the natural tooth resulting in a complete makeover that allows your teeth to be white and beautiful once again. Just as it would be unwise to put vinyl siding over decaying shingles on the house, a professional dentist will not cover over ‘bad’ teeth. The process for dental veneers will take approximately three dental visits each lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
What to Expect:
• A dentist to examine your teeth, mouth, and gums. X-rays will be taken and cavities will be filled on the first visit.
• The prep work needs to be done for the veneer to be completed properly. The natural enamel on the teeth will need ½ millimeter removed so the veneer can fit over the teeth. If you desire anesthetic, simply inform your dentist.
• An impression of the affected tooth or teeth will be sent to the lab so a veneer can be made. The lab work takes a total of two to four weeks. In the meantime, the dentist will provide a temporary veneer for the teeth.
• To achieve a proper bond, the original tooth will be cleaned and polished. In the final fitting, trimming and shaping will occur. In addition, the correct color by the shade of the cement will be used to give a natural look. Finally, a special light will be used on the veneer to harden the cement chemicals quickly. The excess cement will be removed and the bite will be checked for any adjustments that need to be made.
Dental veneers are not complicated or expensive and can last up to twenty years with proper care like brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. Dental Care With A Difference, your top dental office in Ithaca, NY would love to evaluate the possibility of a dental veneers procedure for your mouth so you can have more vibrant ‘selfies’.