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Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells bonded to the fronts of teeth that show when you smile or talk. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding veneers.
Not only are dental veneers durable enough to last you for years, but they also mimic the shape and color of natural tooth enamel so you can smile with confidence. Continue reading to learn what happens during the veneers process.
Consultation with Your Cosmetic Dentist
The first step of any smile makeover is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During the meeting, your dentist will discuss all of your cosmetic dentistry options so you can make the best choice for your smile. For example, your dentist may recommend a crown for a fractured tooth. Small chips, however, can be corrected with porcelain veneers.
Candidate for veneers often have:
- Chipped teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Irregularly-shaped teeth
- Crooked Teeth
There are many benefits to getting veneers. Not only do veneers restore the appearance of your smile, but they also repair chipped teeth and boost your confidence. It’s a good idea to check with your dental insurance company to learn how much of the cost they’ll cover for cosmetic veneers.
Tooth Enamel is Removed
Your dentist will need to remove enough enamel from the fronts of your teeth to make room for your new veneers. Otherwise, your front teeth will end up looking huge and bulky. If you experience any dental discomfort during the veneers procedure, be sure to let your dentist know so they can give you a local anesthetic. However, many people don’t need pain relievers while enamel is being removed.
Once the receiving teeth have been prepped, your dentist will take dental impressions and send them to the lab where your new veneers will be made. Your dental restorations will take about 1 to 2 weeks to be made.
Veneers are Bonded to Fronts of Teeth
When you come back for your second appointment, your dentist will make sure the fit and color of the veneers is just right. Don’t be alarmed if your dentist needs to slightly alter the veneers. This is a normal part of the veneers process to make sure your dental cosmetics look and feel natural. After all, your dentist wants to make sure that your veneers look good for years to come.
Next, your dentist will clean, polish, and etch the fronts of your receiving teeth so they can bond strongly with the veneers. Your dentist will use a special type of dental cement to attach the veneers to your teeth. Once your veneers are attached, your dentist will make sure your bite is good before sending you home with your new smile.
The Grand Rapids cosmetic dentists at GR Family Dental are dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation for veneer teeth or any of our dental treatments, or have any questions, call our office at (616) 455-3020.
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