Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the outer surface of teeth. They are custom-made and help improve the appearance of your teeth. The veneers are bound to the front of the teeth to improve their color, size, length, or shape. However, this depends on your preference.
Doctors use veneers to fix discoloration, misalignment, gaps, chipped or worn-down teeth. They are a fantastic way to transform your teeth. They also ensure perfect alignment and symmetry.
There are three main trips you will make to the dentist. The first trip will be for consultation and planning. The trip that follows will be for preparing and making your veneers. The dentist finally applies the veneers and bonds them to your teeth.
You will express your interest in getting veneers to the dentist and explain the issues you are experiencing. The dentist will examine your teeth and determine whether you are a good candidate for dental veneers.
During this visit, they may take X-rays and photos and make impressions of your teeth. After that, you can determine how many veneers you may need by looking at the pictures. You can also agree on the final cost, discuss the procedure, and plan the way forward.
They will use those impressions to make a wax-up. The wax-up is the dentist’s way of changing the shape of the impression of your teeth. They use it to see how the final product will look on you. During this visit, you will get to approve the wax-up. The appointment may last a few hours, depending on how many teeth the dentist has to prepare for.
Making the final product may take two to four weeks. During this time, the dentist may prescribe temporary dental veneers for your use. They will take time to prepare the temporary veneers as they need to get them right. The dentist makes the temporaries from wax-up, and they are usually solid pieces and not individual veneers.
The material they are made of is brittle. Thus, the temporaries can break and fall off. You can also not floss between temporary veneers as they are one solid piece. Dentists make temporaries this way as the intention is to remove them after some time.
On the third visit, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers. They will place the permanent veneers on your teeth and examine if they fit. They will also check if they are the right color. They will then repeatedly put, remove, and trim it until it properly fits on your tooth. After this, they will permanently cement and bond it.
The dentist removes any excess cement and checks your bite to see if you need any adjustments. The dentist may also schedule a few follow-up appointments. These appointments will allow them to check your gums. They will also check the veneer’s placement to ensure that it is still okay.
For more information on veneers, visit Levenson Smile at our office in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can also call (508) 731-3940 to book an appointment today.