What is the purpose of dental veneers?

by | Jun 19, 2015 | Dentistry

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A dental veneer is an ultra thin slice of porcelain which is fitted to the front surface of teeth, normally the teeth that are exposed when the individual smiles. Veneers in Jacksonville Beach are seen as a permanent solution to teeth which are chipped, cracked, stained, misaligned or uneven. Normally the entire procedure is wrapped up in two or three appointments at the dentist?s office.

Once the decision has been made to have veneers the first move is to make a decision on the color. Although you may want teeth as white as new fallen snow, the dentist is the best judge of color as he or she will make the choice based on the color of the teeth that are not being treated as well as your natural complexion. You can be assured though that the dentist?s years of experience will come into play and you will be extremely happy with the results. In some cases the dentist will want you to visit the dental lab where the veneers are being produced, the technician may feel that a custom shade is warranted.

To prepare for the veneers a small amount is ground off the front of the affected teeth, this allows for the thickness of the sliver of porcelain that will be fused to the teeth. In some patients there may be a need for a local anesthetic but if the teeth have been subjected at one time or another to a root canal or require the minimum in preparation there usually is no need for anesthetic. Once the teeth have been shaped to the correct profile, the dentist takes an impression which is turned into a stone model of your teeth and gums. It is from this model that the veneers are made. At the same time the dentist will take an impression of the way your teeth mesh when your mouth is closed, all of this is needed to make veneers that fit perfectly.

Until the finished veneers are available, the dentist will make temporary veneers from acrylic; this will be suitable until the real veneers are completed which normally does not take long. After a week or so the permanent veneers will be ready for fitting.

The temporary veneers are removed; the teeth are cleaned and treated with an etching material. The teeth are now ready for the veneers in Jacksonville Beach to be fixed with dental adhesive. If any small touchup needs to be done, this is the time it will be done.