Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a porcelain veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces, teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by our office. Veneers are usually irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the veneer. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may also consider porcelain veneers as a great option to even out their smile.
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
During the final "bonding" visit (also about one or two hours) the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific agents to achieve the bond from tooth to veneer. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a blue curing light hardens the cement.
Immediately you will notice the change in the size and shape of your teeth! There is usually a two-week adjustment period that follows while our mouth gets used to your new smile. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are lifelike reproductions of natural teeth. Upon close inspection, you should see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers, as this occurs in healthy teeth. These visits can be longer, so if necessary, our office also provides oral sedation services to make you feel more comfortable.
Veneers can make a big difference in the look and feel of your smile! If you think veneers can help you or if you have questions, call Smile Restorations today at 979-846-1121 for an exam and let Dr.’s Mogle and Jouett evaluate your overall oral health and explain what treatment options are available to you.