Dental veneers from Dr. Alicia Abeyta are requested by patients to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.
Thinking about crowns? Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. Use veneers to mask undesirable defects such as:
- Teeth stained by tetracycline
- Damage due to an injury
- Damage due to a root-canal procedure
Veneers are also ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Consider veneers for gaps between your front teeth or teeth that are chipped or somewhat worn. The veneer technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed and in general will last for many years.
What are Veneers?
The simplest explanation is veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of the teeth. Many people like the idea that the procedure requires little or no anesthesia. Use veneers to fix teeth that are: chipped, uneven, misaligned, stained or worn down.
So How Does It Work?
Dental veneers are a fairly simple procedure sometimes requiring usually done in two to three visits.
First, in the diagnosis and treatment planning visit, you will consult to decide what you want to do. Be sure to take an active role in this part!
Do your research (like now!) and plan your smile. Understand what the procedure can and cannot do. Do whatever you need to do to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives (even if it means consulting with more than one dentist if necessary!
The second visit is preparation (for porcelain) or preparation and the last visit for bonding your new veneers unless it is done all at once.
First, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Composite resin veneers are usually completed in one appointment. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will bond and sculpt the composite material onto your teeth.
If you have chosen ceramic veneers, a mold is carefully taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
Cleaning Your New Dental Veneers
Treat dental veneers like your own teeth. Floss once and brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Take care of them and they will look great for a long time!
If you are thinking that your teeth could use a new look, or you have discolored or damaged teeth, contact Dr. Abeyta today.