A beautiful smile can give your oral health and overall well-being a boost. At Westlake Family Dental Care, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals for optimal oral health and wellness and offer several cosmetic options that can improve and maintain your smile.
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain coatings that are placed over the front surface of your teeth. Veneers can be used to cover discolored teeth, make them appear straighter, and reshape teeth that may be chipped or misshapen. Porcelain is extremely durable and resistant to staining, and veneers can last for many years.
Porcelain veneers also can:
- Repair teeth that are worn down or broken
- Create an even smile line
- Fill in gaps between teeth
The Dental Veneer Procedure
Veneers typically require at least two dental visits. First, the dentist will take X-rays if necessary, thoroughly examine your teeth, discuss the aesthetic result you wish to achieve, explain the procedure and create a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs.
She will use a shade guide to determine which color of porcelain most closely matches your teeth. To prepare your tooth for a veneer, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic if needed and a bit of tooth enamel will be removed from the tooth’s surface. Next, we will take a precise impression of your teeth. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab for the veneer to be custom-made by a professional laboratory technician. It usually about two weeks for ceramic veneers to return from the lab. We will place temporary veneers on your teeth that will remain until the permanent ones return from the lab.
Placing Permanent Veneers
When you come in to have your permanent veneers bonded, we will temporarily place them on your teeth to check fit and color and trim them as needed to ensure a proper look and fit. Your tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched to roughen the surface and ensure a secure bonding process. The veneer is then permanently cemented to your tooth. Any excess cement will be removed, and final adjustments will be made to ensure your teeth properly come together when you bite down.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental procedures we offer, contact Westlake Family Dental Care today! We look forward to serving all of your dental care needs.