Dental porcelain laminates, also called dental veneers, are essentially wafer-thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. These shells may be bonded to your teeth to change how they appear in terms of shape, size, color, and even length.
These veneers are most commonly used to fix a range of dental problems such as:
- Teeth discoloration due to drug use, tetracycline, excess of fluoride, root canal treatments, or large resin fillings
- Teeth that have worn down over a period of time
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Misalignments, irregularity in tooth shape or uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth that require closing
Procedure Involved in Getting Porcelain Dental Veneers in St. Marys, GA
Procedures for acquiring dental veneers typically involve three trips to the dentist. You may pursue a process for a single tooth or multiple teeth simultaneously.
Session 1: Diagnosis
The first step in this process involves discussing with your dentist the end result that you want to achieve. In your first appointment, your teeth will be examined to ensure that veneers and non-porcelain crowns is the way to approach your treatment. This visit may also involve getting X-rays and impressions of your teeth and mouth.
Step 2: Preparation
To be able to effectively prepare your teeth for the veneer, the dentist will require removing 0.5mm of enamel from the top surface. This is approximately the amount that is equal to the thickness of the veneer that will be installed on the surface of your teeth. Depending on your personal threshold of pain and the medical judgment of your dentist, a decision regarding the use of local anesthetic will be made. In the same sitting, the dentist will also make a model of your teeth, which will be sent to a lab that will construct your custom veneer. This process takes about 7 to 14 days during which temporary veneers may be placed for patients with unsightly teeth.
Session 3: Bonding the Veneers
The veneer will be placed temporarily to assess its color and fit. Necessary trimmings will be made. Next, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and etched to create a strong platform for bonding. Finally, the veneer will be cemented to your teeth. The dentist will apply a light beam that activates the chemicals within the cement to harden promptly.
Finally, all the excess cement will be removed and your bite evaluated for any final adjustments required. A follow-up visit may be recommended to ensure your veneers are fitted correctly and giving expected results.