Dental Veneers Explained

Posted July 05, 2019
How dental veneers improve the health and look of the teeth

The teeth don’t always last a lifetime without needing some kind of work performed to keep them in good shape. The teeth can become cracked, misshaped, chipped or discolored if a person does not practice good oral hygiene or if the person suffers some sort of trauma to the mouth. Dental veneers can address these issues and give a person a mouth full of teeth that are healthy and bright in appearance. According to Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi of West Hollywood, CA, dental veneers “can be made of either composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain is almost always preferred due to its natural look, light reflection and durability. Well done porcelain veneers cannot be identified by the naked eye thanks to their natural appearance.”

Since dental veneers are such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, Cosmetic Town TV recently took an in-depth look at this cosmetic dentistry treatment:

Dental Veneers Procedure

The dental veneer process can address a single tooth or multiple teeth at the same time. The procedure might require multiple appointments to prepare and place the veneers on the teeth. When asked about an ideal candidate for dental veneers, Dr. Ahmadi said an ideal candidate is “not pleased with the color, shape, and architecture of their smile. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, there are no limitations for cosmetic dental procedures. For example, some patients have crooked teeth while others do not like the color of their teeth. Some patients want to permanently enhance the shape and color of their teeth with a natural permanent finish. These are all good indications for cosmetic dentistry.”

There are two methods that cosmetic dentists can choose from when it comes to manufacturing dental veneers for the patient:

  1. Direct Method – The dentist applies a direct application of composite resin to the surface of the tooth. This dental veneer method can be accomplished in one visit to the cosmetic dentist because there is no need for the dental veneers to be created in a dental lab.
  2. Indirect Method – With this dental veneer technique, the cosmetic dentist takes impressions of the teeth in order to send them to a dental laboratory. The impressions made of the teeth are manufactured into dental veneers. They are returned in 2-4 weeks and they will be ready to be placed on the teeth.

In order to prepare the teeth for dental veneers, the cosmetic dentist might need to remove some of the natural enamel on the tooth of the patient to make room for the placement of the veneer. The amount of enamel that is removed varies per patient but it is generally equal to the amount of thickness added to the tooth thanks to the veneer.

If the dental veneers need to be sent to a dental lab to be manufactured, the cosmetic dentist will place temporary veneers on the teeth. The temporary veneers are placed to cut down on the amount of sensitivity the tooth will experience while waiting for the permanent veneers. The temporary veneer is made of plastic and is placed over the natural teeth.

Once the dental veneer has been returned and is ready to be placed on the teeth, the cosmetic dentist will place it in order to make sure it fits properly. The dental veneer is then removed and trimmed until the desired fit is achieved. The color of the dental veneers can also be adjusted thanks to the shade of cement that is used by the cosmetic dentist. The dentist will apply the cement to the veneer and position it on the tooth. Then, a special light beam is used to activate chemicals in the cement that causes the veneer to quickly harden to the tooth. The bite of the patient is then checked in order to make any necessary adjustments before the dental veneer procedure is finished.

Dental Veneers Recovery and Results

Once a patient has dental veneers placed, there is no recovery time after the procedure. Most patients are able to drive home and immediately resume their daily activities. Patients might want to avoid food that is extremely hot or cold along with food that is hard or crunchy. Once the initial sensitivity to the teeth wears off, patients can also resume their normal eating habits.

The final results of having dental veneers placed are long-lasting and natural in appearance. The dental veneers should last anywhere from 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. It should be noted that dental veneers can be damaged if a person is not careful and does not take proper care of them. If a veneer breaks or is no longer attached to the tooth, the patient should contact their cosmetic dentist as soon as possible to repair the damage.

In order to maintain the brightness and color of the dental veneers, patients should avoid eating or drinking anything that can cause stains to appear such as coffee, tea, tomato sauce, berries and red wine. In addition, smoking can cause the teeth to become discolored so patients should avoid smoking as well.

An Improved Look Thanks to Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can correct issues on the surface of the teeth such as chipping and cracks as well as discoloration. In addition to these aesthetic benefits, dental veneers can increase the self-image and self-confidence of a patient by changing the shape of the teeth so they are no longer misshaped or crooked in appearance. When patients have more confidence in the appearance of their teeth, they are more likely to smile and project a feeling of happiness with their look. In addition, veneers can make damaged teeth stronger after they are placed on the damaged tooth. Patients that are interested in improving the overall look of their teeth with dental veneers should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified cosmetic dentist.



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