The Process of Getting Dental Veneers

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By definition, dental veneers are ultra-thin ceramic or porcelain shells inserted over your teeth and special glue used to stick them. In most cases, dental veneers are put in the front teeth only so as to correct dental flaws such as gaps, misalignment, and discoloration. Most people with such dental flaws receive near-perfect correction of their teeth. Anyone with healthy teeth and gums can get dental veneers. So, if you seeking to get dental veneers, the process involved is as follows:

Dental Veneers: Preliminaries

You don’t just walk in to a dentist and have dental veneers. There are preliminaries where your teeth are examined and x-rays of your teeth will be taken.

Veneers Preparation and Fitting

the anatomy of porcelain veneersThe next step involves preparing the veneers. The dentist gives you an anesthesia to numb pain. (The anesthesia is sometimes unnecessary because the trimming done is minor).He then drills your tooth up to a half millimeter of your enamel. The reason why the trimming is done is to ensure the thickness of the teeth is much the same as the veneers.  Any dental flaws such as decayed areas are trimmed farther so that you do not put over veneers on decayed areas. The impression of your tooth mold is taken and used to prepare the veneer, a waiting period being around 14 days. Usually, two options are available when making the molds that are dental impression discussed here, or use of a dental camera. The dental image captured digitally is used to make the porcelain mold.

The period of two weeks

In the two weeks period of wait for your veneers, you wear temporary veneers where trimming was done. This depends on the extent of the trimming done on the enamel; for light trimming, there is usually no need for putting on temporary dental veneers.

Two weeks later, you are back to the dentist where he prepares the veneer as well as the teeth where the veneers will be inserted. He may make your teeth a bit rough so as to help the special glue stick the veneer to the teeth. Dentists also use shade guide to determine which colour of porcelain closely resembles the colour of your teeth so that there is no much contrast between the veneered teeth and the adjacent ones.

The process of placing the dental veneers then starts. The dentist first removes any temporary he may put in front of your teeth. Then the dental veneers are carefully inserted where the enamel was trimmed, using a specially made glue. A ultra-violet is passed over the veneers to harden them in place.

follow upFollow Up and Care after the procedure

You are now good to go but a follow up visit should be made to ensure that they are firmly. This follow up is usually very important as it helps to see the compatibility of your gum with the dental veneers. Any necessary adjustments are made at this point. Any sensitivity to hot or cold things should be reported to the dentist.

Apart from the check up, it is important to observe personal oral hygiene so that the dental veneers can last long.