Veneers can suit many purposes when it comes to improving or enhancing your smile. Whether your teeth are misaligned, chipped, or even stained, veneers may be the perfect improvement option for you. Veneers are a thin shield of porcelain (ceramic) that will be bonded to the subjected tooth or teeth. The type of veneer you receive will be decided by you and your dentist.
The entire veneer treatment planning/procedure can take up to three appointments. It is important that you participate in this process, especially the designing of your new smile. The first step starts with diagnosis and moves into the treatment plan. A diagnostic model of your teeth will be sent to the ceramist to create a "replica" of your desired smile. If you want a brighter smile, you can bleach your teeth in this time. The ceramist will come to your dental office for a custom shade analysis to match your veneers to your surrounding teeth.
Here is what you can expect during a typical veneer preparation procedure. Your enamel is slightly reduced to make room for the veneer. Diagnostic images along with an opposing model of your teeth are taken, then, a master impression of your prepped teeth. These images and impressions are sent to the ceramist. A typical turn around for veneers is usually 2 weeks. You will have temporary veneers in the mean time.
Upon delivering, the dentist will try in the veneers without cement for your final approval. Once approved, the veneers are bonded to the teeth and final images are taken. The use of an occlusal guard is recommended while you sleep to protect your veneers from any clenching/grinding at night.
Although veneers are designed to allow you to function normally, you may want to consider not using your front teeth to open or bite off difficult items, because they may chip or fracture. It is extremely important to take care of your new smile to prevent any damage to your veneers. Regular cleanings from your dental hygienist are still recommended.