If you have chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven, or gaped teeth, one effective cosmetic solution is dental veneers. These are thin shells made of porcelain that are cemented onto the front of the teeth to change and improve their appearance. They are custom-made and aim to recreate a natural look while providing strength and resilience that is comparable to the natural tooth enamel.
The most commonly-used materials for veneers are porcelain and composite resin. They are long-lasting and are difficult to stain, providing a bright smile. Though veneers are a great treatment for improving the look of a smile, it should be noted that the treatment is irreversible, so it requires careful consideration.
The process for placing veneers in Sugar Land usually takes one to two appointments. During the first, the tooth (or teeth) being treated will be cleaned, and a shade will be selected for the veneer. A very small amount of tooth enamel will be removed to create enough room for the veneer to be placed on the tooth. Local anesthesia is usually not necessary for this procedure, but it can be used if a patient is particularly sensitive. After the tooth has been prepared, an impression will be taken of it to be sent to a dental laboratory. A temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth until the permanent veneer returns from the dental lab.
During a second appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned with pumice and water. The permanent veneer, returned from the dental lab, will be etched, rinsed thoroughly with water, and air dried. It will then be cemented onto the tooth using a special adhesive. It will be light cured for about a minute to ensure a secure attachment to the tooth structure. The procedure is completed after the dentist removes any excess material and polishes the margins of the veneer. A follow-up appointment is often scheduled so that the dentist can check on the fit and condition of the veneer.
Veneers require regular brushing and flossing just as untreated teeth do. It’s recommended that coffee and other teeth-staining foods and drinks be limited. Veneers will need to be replaced at some point, but good care can extend their lifetime.