[Dental veneers are used for many of the same reasons that dental crowns and implants are used, most of which are cosmetic. However, these are often preferred by patients because they are smaller and much less invasive. For instance, crowns cover the entire tooth and dental implants replace teeth. Veneers only cover the front of the tooth. Unlike crowns, veneers are always matched to the color of your natural teeth. This is a very simple procedure with a short recovery time. Our dental professionals at Summit Dental Group can explain everything you need to know about veneers.
The Importance of Veneers
Veneers are crucial for restoring the look of your teeth and ensuring they all look uniform. People get veneers for many reasons such as discoloration, chipped or broken teeth, and teeth that are too small. Because veneers are so simple to place, patients often get multiple veneers to get a symmetrical look. Most commonly, people get veneers on the top front teeth, but you can get them on any tooth.
Types of Veneers
There are two basic types of veneers; traditional and no-prep. Traditional veneers are less popular since they are more invasive than no-prep veneers. These can involve parts of the tooth beyond the enamel whereas no-prep veneers only involve the enamel. However, they do last about ten to fifteen years while no-prep veneers last between five and seven years. The process involved in getting each type of veneer is different. However, almost all veneers are made of porcelain.
Traditional and no-prep veneers differ in their placement procedure, but both are made in the same way. The procedure starts with your dentist taking x-rays to determine tooth health and any underlying concerns. At your next appointment, your dentist will trim the tooth enamel, about 0.5 mm, with a special grinding tool. This lets them make an impression of the tooth to send to a dental lab.
The lab will produce your veneers, a process which takes about one to two weeks. Once our office receives them, we will contact you to schedule your placement. At this appointment, your dentist checks that the veneers are the proper fit, shape, and color. Before placing them, your dentist will provide a thorough dental cleaning to prevent any injury or infection.
The procedure begins with grinding the tooth. This creates a rough texture that helps the veneer attach more easily. Traditional veneers typically require anesthesia as the grinding will extend into the tooth structure. These are also a more permanent placement. No-prep veneers only require the enamel to be ground, so anesthesia is typically not needed.
Once your dentist has prepared your tooth, they will place the veneer using a dental cement. We use an ultraviolet light to immediately harden the cement and ensure that the placement holds.
Placing traditional veneers takes longer than placing no-prep veneers, since anesthesia must be administered and take effect. In general, you should plan for the appointment to be about one to two hours.
You may feel a rough spot from the cement in the days following the appointment, but this will wear down. To schedule your veneer procedure, contact Summit Dental Group today.