Tooth Veneers for cosmetic improvement
Teeth veneers are thin shells which can be placed on the tooth’s surface to improve the appearance of the tooth or teeth. Teeth veneers may also be called cosmetic dentistry veneers, dental veneers, porcelain veneers, or porcelain laminates. These veneers are generally made from porcelain or resin, and are used in cases where the natural tooth has an undesirable appearance due to staining, chips or fractures, unevenly shaped teeth, or wide spaces between teeth.
The type of veneer used will be based on the person’s unique situation, and will be determined by the dentist. When installing tooth veneers, the dentist will first take a mold of your teeth as they currently are, which he will use to customize your dentistry veneers. The procedure for the preparation of the veneer may require scraping of the surface of the natural teeth, depending on the desired thickness of the veneer. Your dentist will then make a model of your tooth or teeth, and will send that model to a laboratory to be used in the making of your dental veneer. If you have requested whitening veneers, the color adjustment will be determined in the laboratory to assure the appropriate shade of color for the final porcelain veneer.
The cost of veneers will vary based on the extent of the procedure you and your dentist have decided upon, as well as the purpose and style of the veneers. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, and are used simply to enhance the appearance of the teeth; however, many patients feel that the veneers cost is worth it to have a more attractive smile.
Once your tooth veneer is prepared, your dentist will schedule an appointment to install them on your teeth. Your dentist will first place each veneer in position to ensure a correct fit; then, he will clean and polish each tooth. Next, the dentist will etch the tooth using an acid, to roughen the surface of the tooth so that it will bond more tightly with the veneer. Finally, the dentist will attach the veneer to the tooth using composite, a material which has a natural tooth color, and then place your mouth beneath a light to harden the composite and complete the bonding process.
Teeth veneers provide a solution for those who are unhappy with the natural appearance of their teeth. The placement of the veneers is intended to be permanent, and the dentist will schedule a couple of follow up appointments after the veneers have been installed to ensure that there are no problems and that the veneers are not irritating or damaging the gums. With the assistance of a qualified dentist, veneers are an effective way to cosmetically correct stained, irregularly shaped, or widely spaced teeth.