Dental veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures performed. Veneers are thin shells that are applied to the front of teeth to improve their appearance.
Over time, teeth often begin to discolor, become disorganized in their formation and a toothy smile we were once proud of can become something we want to hide. Problems with color, gaps and more can be remedied with dental veneers from Dr. Bigelow. Chipped or worn down teeth can also be remedied this way.
What Are They Made Out Of?
Veneers are made out of a number of different materials. Some are made from a resin compound, while others are made from porcelain.
So which is best? Many people say that porcelain veneers are more resistant to stain and better mimic natural teeth. Dr. Bigelow can properly recommend the appropriate kind of veneer to receive.
Deciding To Get Them
Veneers can change the appearance of your teeth and smile, which can be very important to many professional careers. But some people may have underlying dental problems that need a more lasting solution than a simple improvement of appearance. Consult with Dr. Bigelow to see if dental veneers are right for you.
Be sure you understand what it is like getting veneers before you decide. Dr. Bigelow should explain what the procedure will be like and how appearance will change, on a patient-to-patient basis.
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The process of receiving veneers is a little more complicated than simply putting a shield over the front of your teeth. Dr. Bigelow will first prepare the tooth itself to receive the veneer, and then will use specialized techniques to attach the veneer.
As a first step, he will analyze your mouth, and determine the best way to move forward. He will probably take some impressions of your teeth.
Then, Dr. Bigelow will remove a small portion off the front of the tooth, equal in thickness to the new veneer that will be placed. Usually this is about half a millimeter thick. During this part of the procedure, you may need some anesthetic to numb the mouth.
After the teeth have been prepared to receive the veneers, he will make a model of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental lab. The lab will make your veneers, which usually takes about ten days.
Once the veneers come, the next step is to apply them firmly into your mouth. The attachment process actually requires a few steps.
- Fit and color examined. Veneer colors can be adjusted with the cement that is used.
- Teeth receiving veneers are cleaned, polished and etched. This roughening of the tooth allows for strong bonding.
- Veneers are cemented in, with a special bonding agent. A special light is shown on the veneers, which activates a chemical reaction causing the cement to harden quickly.
- Remove any excess cement, make final adjustments.
- Follow-up visit to make sure your mouth is responding well to the new additions.
The next important question anyone wondering about veneers probably want to know is: how long do they last? It varies, but usually five to ten years.
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