A dental veneer, at its very basic, is a porcelain material used to cover the front bit of the tooth to change or enhance teeth that are stained, chipped, broken, or undesired.
If you want dental veneers, you will probably need to visit the dentist at least two times. However, that should not scare you. Getting veneers are painless and extremely rewarding. Here is everything you need to know.
- Getting The First of Many Impressions
Like most dental restoration procedures, before you get your shiny veneers, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth. He may also take impressions during actual installation of the veneers, and in some cases, even at the final placement of the veneers.
The dentist uses the first impressions to make a stone replica of your dental structure. The model goes to the dental laboratory for several reasons. The lab technician can use the model to fabricate the veneers that will go on your teeth. He can also use the same replica to make a wax dummy to show you what the replica would look like.
The wax model can be used as temporary veneers while waiting for the final veneers to come out of the lab.
- Veneer Shading
Getting a color shade is an exciting process for everyone looking to get a set of new veneers. The ultimate choice in color is directed by certain qualifications, as well as the dentist's recommendations.
You may find that the dentist recommends a shade, which in his opinion appears natural compared to the rest of the teeth. Going with this shade gives you an attractive and faultless set of choppers. Furthermore, the shade can be made to match your skin tone, while still maintaining the desired whiteness of your teeth.
Sometimes it might be necessary to visit the dental lab before your veneers are made to make them to your exact specification. The lab technicians may also want to get a feel of the shade of the surrounding teeth to make naturally looking veneers. This is especially important if you are looking for veneers consistent with the rest of your teeth.
- Tooth Preparation
Typically, veneers require little in the way of preparation. The dentist may remove minuscule amounts of enamel to smooth out the tooth before the veneer is installed.
For that reason, you may not require local anesthetic during the procedure, which must be a relief for folks out there with needle fever.
However, for teeth that had a root canal, a local anesthetic is necessary. The dentist then uses a thick paste to get an impression of your teeth. The paste is filled into a tray and then placed on your teeth where it stays until the material sets. It should not take more than five minutes before you're done.
In 10 business days, you should have your new veneers, but meanwhile, you can enjoy temporary veneers made from acrylic material.