Dental veneers are a potential answer for helping you achieve the appearance you’re looking for. If you have a gap between your teeth, chipped teeth or misshapen teeth, they may be your perfect solution.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are tooth-colored, thin shells that attach to your teeth’s front surface to improve their appearance. They’re frequently made from resin-composite or porcelain materials and are bonded to your teeth permanently. They’re used for treating a number of various cosmetic concerns, such as discolored, chipped, small-than-average or broken teeth.
Some individuals might only require one veneer for a chipped or broken tooth, while others require between six and eight dental veneers for helping to create a symmetrical, even smile. The most commonly applied dental veneers are the eight top front teeth.
Types of Veneers
Typically veneers are constructed out of porcelain. It takes more intensive prep work to apply traditional veneers compared to non-prep veneers. These include options like Lumineers, which are less invasive and take less time to apply.
To apply traditional veneers, it often involves our dentist grinding down your tooth structure. In some cases, he’ll have to remove some of your tooth, maybe even past your enamel. This allows him to properly place the veneer.
No-prep veneers might require a little tooth alteration or preparation, but it’s minimal. Rather than having to remove layers of your tooth under your enamel, no-prep veneers only impact your enamel. Often, they don’t require local anesthetics either.
Dental veneers aren’t the same things as tooth crowns or implants. They cover your tooth’s front surface. Crows encase your whole tooth and implants replace your whole tooth, while veneers just cover your tooth’s front surface, which you can see when you smile.
Types of Problems Dental Veneers Fix
We routinely use veneers in Brookeland, TX to correct things like:
Discolored teeth, either from stains from drugs like tetracycline, a root canal treatment, excessive fluoride or another cause or from the presence of big resin fillings that have caused tooth discoloration
Broken or chipped teeth
Uneven, misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
Teeth that have gaps between them
Placing your Dental Veneers
Usually, the procedure will take one or two visits. If it’s a prefabricated veneer, it typically will take one appointment. It can take two appointments if our lab is creating your veneer.
During the procedure:
1. You likely won’t require local anesthesia to have veneers placed. But, depending on your sensitivity, it could be used if you require it. Our dentist in Brookland, Dr. Joshua Seale, DDS, will remove a small amount of your tooth enamel to make room for placing your veneer on your tooth.
2. He’ll make an impression of your tooth to send to the lab. Then, he’ll place a temporary veneer on your tooth with spot etching in your tooth’s center away from the margins.
3. Once your porcelain veneer is delivered by the lab, Dr. Seale will remove the temporary veneer, clean your tooth with water and pumice and etch the veneer, rinsing it with water thoroughly and allowing it to air dry. He’ll place the adhesive on the preparation and, add the cement, and then place the veneer for exact contour and fit.
4. Then, the veneer will be light-cured by Dr. Seale for 60 seconds on all its surfaces in order to attach it to the structure of your tooth.
5. He’ll remove any extra material and polish the veneer’s margins.
He’ll ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment, so he can check the veneer for comfort.
Post-Procedure Care and Recovery
Dental veneers are strong and durable and last for many years before they need to be replaced. You’ll want to make appointments for regular dental exams and cleanings to maintain your mouth’s health and your restorations’ longevity.
Your aftercare is vital. Fractured, broken or chipped porcelain veneers can’t be repaired, therefore Dr. Seale will advise you of the added time and costs associated with having to replace a damaged veneer.
To decrease your risk of damage, don’t chew or bite on hard objects like hard candy, bones, popcorn kernels or nutshells and don’t open or tear packages with your teeth. Dr. Seale might also have you avoid potential damage-causing foods.
Make sure you brush and floss your teeth like normal, but don’t use an abrasive toothpaste. Since veneers are greatly polishable, it’s easy to stain them with foods and beverages after your procedure is reduced greatly. But, you should avoid drinking coffee, wine soda or tea if possible.
Contact Rayburn General Dentistry for Your Dental Veneers
Our Brookland dental office is comfortable, clean and our staff is friendly and qualified. We provide a television in each room, light sedation (i.e. laughing gas or nitrous oxide) to allow you to experience a more comfortable experience during your dental treatment.
Along with dental veneers, we offer a wide-range of treatment options to provide you with the best smile possible. If you’re looking for a dentist in Brookland, TX or in Rayburn County, Jasper and surrounding areas, contact us to set up your consultation.
409.698.8800 3303 Recreational Road 255 West Brookeland, TX 75931