What are dental veneers? Are they a good fit for my smile? In order to determine if dental veneers are right for you, it helps to understand how they are installed and what they are designed for. Let’s take a closer look at how dental veneers work and why they’re so sought after.
Dental Veneer Consultation
The first step in any cosmetic dentistry process is a consultation. This is when you talk to the dentist about your goals to figure out the best plan for your smile. Instead of veneers, you may be better off with clear aligners and teeth whitening. If you want veneers to fill a gap in your smile, cosmetic tooth bonding might do the trick. There are tons of options out there, and your dentist will give you insight into which one is best for you.
The cosmetic dentist may create a model of your new teeth for you to look at. This will not be an exact depiction of the permanent veneers, but it will give you an idea of how your new teeth will appear. If you do not receive a physical model of your teeth (usually made of wax), you may see a digital illustration on the computer.
Preparing The Teeth
The dental veneers will be adhered directly to the surface of your teeth. In order to make room for that, a tiny layer of your enamel may need to be shaved off – only the thickness of the veneer. The cosmetic dentistry staff will take a mold of your teeth to send off to the lab. Then they will create your permanent veneers. In the meantime, you will get a set of temporary veneers to wear so you can chew and smile like normal.
Attaching The Dental Veneers To Your Teeth
Once your dental veneers arrive, your cosmetic dentist will carefully adhere each one to the corresponding tooth. A special cement is used to make sure the veneers stay in place. Each tooth is lined up so that it fits properly in your mouth. The dentist will check the alignment throughout the appointment to make sure the procedure is going smoothly.
Caring For The Veneers
Caring for dental veneers is much like caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss gently to remove day-to-day plaque, and visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. The team here at Redwood Dental will provide any specialized aftercare tips you need based on your oral health history.