If you are looking for an overall tooth makeover, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of badly stained, shaped or crooked teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. This pain-free process involves little or no anesthesia and have a much longer life expectancy than bonding.
You may want to consider porcelain veneers if you have:
- teeth stained by tetracycline
- teeth stained by an injury
- teeth stained as a result of a root-canal procedure
- discolored fillings in your front teeth
- gaps between your front teeth
- teeth that are chipped or worn
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small-added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
The veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. You will visit Dr. Kimet one to two weeks after your final appointment to ensure full dental health and satisfaction.