The right dental veneers in Dallas, TX are one of the quickest ways to a more beautiful smile, and this treatment can be a great option for people with teeth that are stained, chipped or have gaps. Veneers are an irreversible treatment, so having them placed is a decision that must be carefully considered. Before you make a decision on whether the procedure is right for you, it’s important to have the right information about veneers, their cost and how best to care for them.
Why are Veneers Used?
Veneers are a less intrusive option when compared with crowns or braces. Veneers can be used to close small gaps and correct small misalignments. Often veneers are also chosen as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of teeth, to straighten a smile, or to correct issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.
What are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth. They offer strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. When created they are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel. The process will consist of a few of office visits to complete.
Depending on the dentist you use, the veneer process will require one to two appointments. Some dentists will offer prefabricated veneers and it usually takes one appointment and if a custom veneer is being created specifically for your application, two appointments will be required.
Following is a description of the general steps that are taken to place a veneer:
1 – Local anesthesia is not usually required when placing veneers. If a patient is more sensitive than it can be used if needed. After cleaning your tooth we will carefully determine the correct shade for the veneer. We will remove a very small amount of the enamel of the tooth to create room to place the veneer on the tooth.
2 – An impression of the tooth will be made for the laboratory and a temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth until the permanent veneer is placed.
3 – After the porcelain veneer has been created, the temporary veneer is removed and then the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The veneer is then etched, rinsed thoroughly with water, and air dried. The adhesive is placed on the preparation and then the veneer is placed for exact fit and contour.
4 – After the veneer is precisely placed a light beam is used for 60 seconds on all surfaces to attach it to the tooth structure.
5 – We will then remove any excess material and polish the margins of the veneer to ensure it looks and feels great.
We will check with you to ensure that your veneer is a comfortable fit after you have had it in place for a short period. If it is comfortable in your mouth then it will typically last a very long time.