What are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin, custom shells of tooth-colored materials that cover the surface of the teeth. They are meant to improve the appearance of the teeth, and can change their color, shape, length, or size. Veneers are commonly made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains and mimic the appearance of natural teeth the best. Dental Veneers can correct teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned uneven, or teeth with gaps to create a beautiful smile.
What is The Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer?
The process of getting a veneer is usually done over three dental appointments. Your first appointment will be for consultation, during which you will speak to Dr. Khan about what you are trying to achieve. A dental exam will be done, and x-rays may also be taken. At IKON, we take the time to thoroughly discuss your smile goals to be sure that we create a treatment plan you are happy with.
During the second and third appointments, the veneers will be created and applied. To prepare your tooth for a veneer, a small amount of enamel will be removed from the surface of the tooth. This is about the same thickness of the veneer that will be applied. Then an impression of the tooth will be made, which will be sent to a dental lab for your veneer to be created. Your dentist will match the color of your veneers to your natural tooth color for a seamless fit. After about 2-4 weeks, your veneers will be ready. To apply the veneers, your tooth must be cleaned, polished, and etched. A special cement will be applied to the tooth, and then the veneer will be placed. A light beam will cause the cement to cure quickly, cementing the veneer in place. There is no downtime required after treatment, so you can enjoy your beautiful results right away!
What are the Benefits of Veneers?
Patients choose dental veneers due to the many benefits associated. While they can aesthetically improve the appearance of your teeth they also boast other benefits. The benefits of veneers include:
- Natural tooth appearance.
- The gums tolerate porcelain veneers well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- Veneers don’t usually require extensive shaping of the tooth, but still offer a strong, aesthetically pleasing outcome.
- Are long lasting
How to Care for Your Veneers
Dental veneers do not require any special care. Simply continue to follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.