Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or medical-grade composites that are bonded directly to the tooth enamel, so they completely cover the front of the tooth. Dental veneers are custom-made for each patient and are designed to look completely natural while concealing tooth imperfections and enhancing your smile. As an added benefit, veneers can improve the resiliency of your teeth and make them stronger.
Dental veneers are typically recommended for patients who have:
Dr. Patel will first examine your teeth to see if you are a good candidate for veneers. Next, he’ll create a customized plan with a timeline that may include digital images or X-rays of your teeth.
To begin the process, Dr. Patel will first prepare the surface of your tooth by buffing off a very small amount of enamel. This makes the surface of the tooth receptive to the veneer adhesive and ensures a long-lasting bond. To ensure the greatest level of comfort, local anesthetic can be used on request.
Next, Dr. Patel will take an impression of your prepared tooth to create an exact replica of the tooth surface. When your permanent veneers are ready, Dr. Patel will fit them to your tooth and cement them in place so that your smile is in perfect alignment. Temporary veneers may be necessary while you wait for your permanent ones.
When properly placed, porcelain veneers should last between 10-15 years. Composite veneers typically last between five to seven years. The ultimate durability of your veneers will depend in part on how you use your teeth; chewing or biting on very hard foods or grinding your teeth at night can shorten the overall lifespan of veneers. To preserve the integrity of the veneers, Dr. Patel may recommend avoiding certain very hard foods or wearing a night guard to protect against teeth grinding.
Veneers are an excellent minimally invasive alternative to braces and other corrective dental devices. They improve the overall appearance of your teeth and don’t require a lengthy adjustment period or extensive waiting time. If your tooth enamel and gums are healthy, you might be a good candidate for veneers. For more information on how veneers can improve your smile, contact the office or schedule a consultation online.
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