Dental veneers are an excellent choice for cosmetic restoration, and can be used to address numerous dental problems. They are a very thin shell of material that is made to cover the front surface of your teeth. Whether your teeth are discolored, damaged, or misaligned, our team at Erik P. Cadra DMD can help you on your way to a bright new smile.
Discoloration or Damage
Teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons, such as surface stains, large fillings, excessive fluoride treatments, or root canal procedures. Intrinsic stains, which come from inside the tooth, can cause stains that cannot be removed at the surface. One reason for this type of staining is the use of tetracycline medication.
Maybe you have minor damage such as chips or surface wear. Or maybe your teeth are uneven, misaligned, or have gaps. Veneers can be used to cover and correct these problems.
Veneers are made from porcelain or composite resin. Of the two, porcelain is better at resisting stains. It is also better at reproducing the light reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel. Composite resin is less expensive.
The first step in the process is a consultation. Our team will discuss your specific desired results and offer expert advice on how best to achieve your goal. At the time of this consultation, we may take x-rays or impressions of the relevant area of your teeth.
Once a clear plan has been formed, your next visit will involve reshaping the relevant teeth, in preparation for the veneer placement. We will remove a small amount of material from the front side of your teeth, in order to accommodate the minimal added thickness of the veneer. This is to ensure that your teeth do not end up looking larger than they did in their natural state. You may receive a local anesthesia for this procedure.
Next, we will take an impression of your reshaped teeth. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where your veneers will be made. Temporary veneers may be fitted for the duration of this waiting period, which is typically two or three weeks.
On your third visit, we will place the veneers on your teeth. Several test placements are done and adjustments are made, to ensure correct fit and comfort. Once these adjustments are finalized, the surface of your teeth will be cleaned. We will then roughen the surface with an etching solution to prepare for cementing the veneers in place. When they have been precisely positioned, an ultraviolet light is used to quickly harden the adhesive. Any last fine adjustments are made, and your bite alignment is checked.
You will be instructed to take certain precautions to avoid damage to your new veneers. These include avoiding hard, crunchy foods, as well as biting on fingernails, ice, or other hard surfaces. They do not require any special care methods other than your normal excellent dental hygiene.
Veneers offer a middle choice between cosmetic bonding and crowns. Erik P. Cadra DMD offers expert consultation and treatment, and is ready to help you decide which option is best for you. Call us at 661-502-6990 to learn more about veneers.