What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Who is a candidate for veneers?
• Damaged enamel
• Crooked teeth
• Uneven teeth
• Gaps between teeth
The process of getting dental veneers usually requires three visits to your dentist:
• 1st Appointment:
This is the consultation appointment during which the dentist will examine your teeth and come up with a treatment plan. During the consultation, you will discuss with the dentist what it is that you hope to achieve or change, about your teeth. The dentist will then determine whether or not you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers and discuss the results that you can expect.
• 2nd Appointment:
During this appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the veneers. Preparation is usually done under local anesthetic and involves the removal of about ½ a millimetre of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Once the enamel is removed, the next step is for the dentist to take an impression/mould of your teeth. The impression is what the dental laboratory uses to custom-make your veneers, a process which takes about 2-4 weeks.
• 3rd Appointment:
At this appointment, the veneer is bonded to your natural teeth. First, the dentist will place the veneer on your teeth without any cement in order to examine the fit and colour. The dentist will then trim and shape the veneer as needed to adjust the fit. The colour is adjusted by using an appropriate shade of cement for bonding. Once the veneer has been customized, the dentist now cleans, polishes and etches your teeth which makes the bond stronger.
The next step involves applying cement to the veneers and positioning them on the tooth. At this point, the veneers can still be shifted if needed. Once the dentist is satisfied with the positioning, he or she will move on to shine a special light on your teeth which causes the cement to harden. This will keep the veneers in place.
Cost of Porcelain Veneers?
Why Porcelain Veneers May Not be Right for You
• A person has bruxism, the grinding, and clenching of teeth. This condition would cause the porcelain veneers to easily chip or break.
• A tooth has decay in an area with gum disease.