If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to ask our cosmetic dentist at River Ridge Dentistry about porcelain veneers. Veneers are essentially teeth covers made of wafer-thin porcelain. Veneers not only cover discolored teeth, but can be used for chipped tooth repair. The veneers procedure takes two appointments.
However, many of our patients appreciate being able to smile with confidence once we send them home with their new tooth restorations. Keep reading to learn what you can expect during the .
Consulting with Your Cosmetic Dentist
Any smile makeover starts with a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. During your appointment, your dentist will be able to explain the pros and cons of so you can make an informed decision for your smile. For example, your dentist may recommend a crown for a tooth made fragile after a large filling or repeated dental procedures.
Veneers are used for front teeth that show when you smile or laugh. To restore back teeth, you’ll want to ask your dentist about other options. A cosmetic dentist will be able to help you determine the best treatment plan for your smile.
Porcelain veneers can fix:
- Tooth discoloration
- Chipped tooth
- Small gaps between front teeth
- Irregularly-shaped teeth
Prepping Teeth for Veneers
Since veneers cover the front surface of teeth, your dentist will need to remove enough enamel to make room. Otherwise, your veneers will make your front teeth seem big and bulky. If you experience any discomfort while your dentist removes tooth enamel, let your dentist know so they can use local anesthesia.
Once enough enamel is removed, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These dental impressions are then sent to an off-site lab in charge of making veneers and other tooth restorations. It’ll take about 1 to 2 weeks for your veneers to be made, which is when your office will schedule your next appointment.
Bonding Veneers to Teeth
When you come back for your second appointment, your dental veneers will be ready. Don’t be alarmed if your dentist needs to make slight adjustments to the color and fit of your veneers. This is a normal part of the process to make sure your veneers look and feel natural. For example, your dentist may slightly alter the color of your veneers to match your natural tooth enamel or the color you wish to achieve through professional teeth whitening.
Once your dentist is satisfied with how the veneers look, they will start prepping your receiving teeth. Your dentist will clean, polish, and etch the fronts of your teeth so veneers bond strongly and last for years to come. Once your veneers are placed, your dentist will remove any excess cement and check your bite to make sure your veneers fit correctly.
Dr. Helmus DDS at River Ridge Dentistry is dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with veneer teeth and other cosmetic dentistry services. To schedule an appointment with our Wyoming cosmetic dentist, call (616) 538-7320.