Veneers are a great option for patients who want to fix several cosmetic dental problems at once. Rely on our dentist in Jefferson Park to implement dental veneers to boost both your confidence and oral health.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or composite material that is placed over the outside of the tooth. They are used to transform the part of the tooth that is visible when a patient smiles. Veneers are completely customizable to recreate a natural-looking color and shape that matches your mouth.
How Many Appointments are Necessary?
Veneers usually require three visits to your dentist in Jefferson Park to be applied: one appointment for the consultation and two appointments to create and install the veneers. The first step requires active participation from the patient to explain their desired cosmetic goals. Your dentist will then evaluate your smile to ensure you’re a good candidate. Make sure to let your dentist know if you typically grind your teeth. This doesn’t mean you won’t be a good candidate, but you may be prescribed a bite guard at night to protect your new smile. Veneers need to be attached to healthy teeth. Problems like decay or gum disease will have to be fixed before veneers are created.
During the next appointment, your dentist will begin preparing the teeth for the veneers to be applied. If needed, a small amount of local anesthesia will be used to numb the area. The dentist will use a drill to remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. An impression is created and sent to the lab. The lab usually takes 2 to 4 weeks to construct your veneers.
Before installation, your teeth will be prepared for bonding. Your dentist in Jefferson Park will clean, polish and etch your teeth to ensure the cement will strongly stick. Next, the dentist will repeatedly place and remove the veneers until he or she finds the desired positioning. A special light is used to permanently harden the cement. Small adjusts including trimming the veneers, removing excess cement and adjusting the color will be made if needed.
Caring for Veneers
Luckily, veneers don’t require specialized care and should be cared for just as you do your natural teeth. To maintain your veneers, make sure that you brush and floss daily. Don’t be afraid to use decent pressure while cleaning; your veneers are expertly applied and should not move. In addition, schedule regular dental check-ups every 6 months to make sure that there are no progressing problems.
If you are considering veneers, reach out to us to see if you’re a candidate. Consult our team at Kryzak DDS for more information and to schedule your appointment today!