Visiting a general dentist in Highlands Ranch is one of the most important things a person can do to keep healthy teeth and gums. Although it can be easy to skip going to the twice-per-year cleaning and checkup appointments, failing to visit the dentist regularly can cost much more time and money in the long-run.…
Can Dental Veneers Save My Smile?
Dental veneers are used primarily for cosmetic concerns, ranging from fixing the appearance of chipped teeth to achieving a symmetrical smile. If you are looking for a way to repair or replace your smile, dental veneers might be for you.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells attached to the front surface of teeth to help improve their appearance. Veneers can be made from either porcelain or from a resin-composite material. Porcelain veneers will be more stain-resistant and mimic the light-reflecting abilities of natural teeth.
How can dental veneers help you?
WebMD offers a comprehensive list of the types of conditions that dental veneers can help correct:
- Discolored teeth due to a root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that have been worn down
- Teeth that have been chipped or broken
- Teeth that are uneven, misaligned or irregularly shaped
- Teeth that have gaps between them
What is the process of getting veneers?
Before getting veneers, one will have a preliminary appointment with a dentist to discuss which options are best for the patient and how many veneers are wanted or needed.
The dentist will most likely take X-rays at this appointment to better evaluate the patient’s oral health, look for tooth decay and gum disease and check if a root canal is necessary. If the dentist finds any of these conditions, they may decide that dental veneers are not the right option for the patient.
The second appointment is to make sure the patient gets the accurate sizing for the veneers. The dentist will trim down about a half a millimeter of the tooth before taking a mold of the teeth. Using shade chips, the dentist will also make as close a color match as possible to the patient's natural teeth. The dentist will then send this mold and color information off to the lab for the creation of the veneers.
After about one to two weeks, the dentist should have the dental veneers back from the lab. The dentist will then evaluate the fit, shape and color of the veneers to make sure they are a perfect fit for the patient.
If everything checks out, the dentist will deep clean the patient’s teeth to keep bacteria from getting trapped under the veneers. Then, the dentist will use a grinding tool to create a rough texture, which makes it easier for the veneer to stick to the teeth. Next, dental cement is applied to bind the veneers to the teeth. After the use of ultraviolet light to harden the cement quickly, the patient’s new smile is ready for the world!
If you are looking for a way to get that perfect smile, dental veneers are a great solution. Contact our office today to see if veneers are right for you.
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