Veneers are a good solution if you have misshaped tooth or damaged teeth. Veneers can help strengthen your weak teeth as long as they do not already have tooth decay.
Veneers are shells shaped to cover your teeth and improve their general appearance. Once fitted, the treatment cannot get reversed. So, you need to maintain them to avoid any damages.
The trick to maintaining your veneers for long is having an experienced dentist install them. Otherwise, you may have to incur other costs to replace the veneers even before they serve their purpose.
There are two types of veneers, namely resin, and porcelain. In most cases, porcelain veneers are more preferred to resin veneers because they are stain-resistant. Also, they have tooth-like characteristics, which is good if you do not want everyone to know you have veneers.
If you are considering installing veneers, here is the process of getting them installed.
The first step when you visit your dentist is a diagnosis of any underlying dental issues. Your dentist checks if you are a perfect candidate for veneers before starting the next stage. If you are a good fit, the doctor takes you through the procedure before making a final decision.
Also, your dentist tells you the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure to help in making an informed decision.
Your dentist takes an X-ray to check for any dental issues, after which they make an impression of your teeth. With the mold or impression, your new veneers get designed and colored to fit your teeth. They make sure that the veneers get made in such a way that your speech patterns or voice are not affected.
It takes about two to four weeks before your perfect veneers are complete. If you like, your dentist may install temporary veneers in the meantime.
This is the last stage of the veneer process. At this point, your veneers are ready for installation. Before putting them into place, your dentist can place them over your teeth to see if they are a perfect fit. If not, the dentist can adjust the veneers by trimming them until they can fit in your regular teeth.
Next, your tooth gets polished and cleaned to prepare for the bonding process. Then, the dentist places the dental bond using a special light to activate the bonding element, making it harden and cement. Once the veneers are in place, your dentist removes any excess cement. At this point, you are now ready to go home and may only have to return for follow-up checkups.
Your dentist uses anesthesia to reduce any pain from the process. So, you do not have to worry about experiencing any pain during the process. The veneers may last for at least three to four years if well maintained. Note that good oral hygiene is crucial for its maintenance.
Learn more about the process of getting veneers, contact Progressive Dental & Associates in Matteson, IL at 708-980-0110 to schedule an appointment.