Dental veneers are like a fingernail covering the front of your finger. Veneers are custom-made to attach and cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers can resist stains better than resin composite. Porcelain also looks more like a real tooth in the way it reflects light.
Resin veneers have their advantages as well. Resin is thinner and less of the tooth surface has to be removed for placement on your tooth. Your cosmetic dentist Laguna Hills can help you find the best choice of veneer material for your teeth.
Veneers are normally used to cover discolored teeth, which may be stained by prescription drugs, smoking or other causes.
Veneers can also cover teeth that have been worn down, chipped, or broken. Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, irregularly shaped, or have gaps between them can also be covered up by veneers.
A dental veneer procedure usually means three trips to the dentist Laguna Hills.
The first visit is a consultation where you tell our cosmetic dentist Laguna Hills what type of look you want with your veneer. Your teeth will be examined to make sure you’re a candidate for veneers. The dentist may also take X-rays.
During the second visit, the dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from your tooth’s surface (after giving you painkiller), which is almost equal to the thickness of the veneer that will be added to the tooth surface. The dentist will make an impression of your tooth and send it to a dental laboratory, which will create the veneer.
On the third visit, the dentist will trim the veneer as needed to achieve the best fit on your tooth. Because the veneer is see-thru, the “color” of the veneer is actually determined by the shade of cement that is used to stick it to your tooth. So the dentist will match the shade of cement to your tooth.
Once the veneer is cemented onto your tooth, the dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, causing it to harden quickly.
The dentist then removes any extra cement, evaluates your bite and makes final adjustments to the veneer. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to examine the veneer's placement.
Veneers are a great way to achieve a winning smile and no one, except your dentist, will know you have them, as they are a natural tooth appearance.
Veneers usually last between 5 and 10 years, but then need to be replaced. Veneers are best for people who want to change the shape of their teeth, but not enough to require a crown.
Dental veneers don’t need any special care; just follow good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing every day.