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A Look at the Dental Veneer Process

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A Look at the Dental Veneer Process

If your smile is imperfect due to stains, chips, cracks, or due to problems with spacing, you can still get it fixed. We at Vita Dental Spring often fix smiles using veneers. Besides this option, we have many others. However, we will be discussing the veneers in this article. Porcelain veneers have been around for a long time and they have worked for millions of people in helping to fix their smiles. Here is a glimpse into the process of getting veneers once you visit our offices.

What are Porcelain Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are tooth-colored thin shells that placed on the front of the teeth to cover aesthetic flaws and improve your outlook. When the veneers are placed on the teeth, nobody can tell you have veneers. This is because they are designed to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth. Here is a look at the process of getting veneers.

Veneers were invented in the 1920s for the film industry. At the time, a dentist discovered that he could apply temporary veneers to the front of teeth to improve the smiles of actors and actresses. However, he did not have the technology to make them permanent. The first permanent veneers were made in the 1980s.

The Initial Consultation

The first step to getting your veneers is the initial consultation. If you think that you need veneers, you should contact Vita Dental Spring for an initial consultation. During the initial examination, the dentist will determine if, in fact, veneers can work in your case or not.

In some cases, it might turn out that you could use another form of treatment such as simple teeth whitening. During the visit, you will most likely be given before and after pictures of people who have already gotten porcelain veneers.

Cleaning the Teeth

After your initial consultation, you might find that you qualify for veneers. The second step will be the preparation of your teeth for the treatment. At this stage, the teeth or tooth in question will be cleaned. The cleaning will entail thorough polishing to ensure there are no bacteria on the teeth when the procedure begins.

Prepping the Tooth

The next step in this process is to prepare the tooth or teeth that will get the veneer. The dentist will remove a small part of the tooth structure from the front part. This is done to accommodate the porcelain veneer that is placed on the tooth. In most cases, it is a very small amount. It will not exceed half a millimeter, than to modern precision dental equipment. In some cases, there may be no need to get rid of any of the tooth structure.

Taking an Impression

Once the tooth has been prepped, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth. From this impression, the dentist will be able to fashion a dental veneer.

Crafting the Porcelain Dental Veneer

For the crafting of the dental veneer, the dentist will have a few options from which to choose. In some dental practices, the impressions will be sent to a dental lab that handles such issues. In other dental clinics, you will find special milling equipment, which can be used to fashion the dental veneer.

If the impression is taken to a dental lab, the process will take about a week or two to complete. In the meantime, the patient will be given temporary veneers to cover the prepped tooth.

If there is an on-site milling unit, the impression is sent to that milling office and the veneer is created for the patient. In such a case, it might take about an hour or two to have the veneer delivered. That means the patient will go home on the same day with a dental veneer.

Final Adjustments to the Porcelain Dental Veneer

Once the veneer is ready, the dentist will check it against the prepped tooth. If he or she thinks that there are some adjustments to be made, they will be done right there in the dental office. This will ensure that the veneer fits perfectly over the teeth.

Placing the Porcelain Dental Veneer

When the dentist is done adjusting the veneer, it is carefully glued to the tooth using special dental glue. Patients will usually be given detailed instructions on how to care for the veneer at home. In most cases, the dentist will be asked to follow proper dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing often. Besides that, you will need to visit the dentist to get regular checkups.

Contact us to learn more about dental veneers

If you want to learn more about dental veneers and other options for some smile makeovers, you should get in touch with us at Vita Dental Spring .Our team will eagerly discuss with you the options that work best for you. This way, you can make the best choice from a point of knowledge. Our offices are always open to new customers who believe they deserve a perfect smile.