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Dental veneers are custom-made tooth-colored shells that are bonded to your teeth with dental cement or bonding adhesive to cover the front surfaces of your teeth. Getting veneers can help improve your appearance and smile by covering up a tooth that is discolored, miss shaped, or worn down. Also, dental veneers can close gaps between teeth, or repair chipped teeth.
Types of Dental Veneers
Veneers can be made from several different types of materials. We will help you decide which type is best for you.
There are porcelain veneers, lumineers, and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are the most common type of dental veneers. A veneer made of porcelain has a very shiny surface that closely resembles your tooth enamel. Porcelain dental veneers will give you a more natural and translucent appearance. In addition, porcelain is stain resistant and it is also very friendly to your gums. It normally takes two visits for us to complete your dental veneers.
If preparation is necessary on the first visit, we will use a dental handpiece to shape and prepare the teeth. This will allow the veneers to properly fit over the teeth.
Next, an impression of your teeth is taken, and temporary veneers may be placed to protect the prepared teeth. The impression of your teeth is then sent to a dental laboratory where custom-fit veneers are made. During the first visit, we will also help you choose the proper shade for the color of your dental veneers.
In most cases, on your second visit, the veneers are placed, and if necessary, adjusted to create a proper fit. If the fit, shape, and color of the veneers are satisfactory, we will proceed with permanently cementing them into place.
Keep in mind, in some instances, the veneer received back from the laboratory may not fit as expected. In these cases, we may have to take a second impression or readjust the tooth in order to fabricate a veneer that fits just right and creates the beautiful smile you want. Although rare, during the first few days with your new veneers, you may feel some discomfort or sensitivity to temperature changes. We advise you to take over-the-counter pain medicine to alleviate the discomfort. If your symptoms persist more than a few days,you should contact our office.
Sometimes your newly cemented veneers may feel too tall. In this case, you should also contact us for further adjustment of the veneers.
Porcelain dental veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack. You should attempt to avoid biting directly on small hard items such as hard candies, your fingernails, or pens. You should never chew on anything cold or hard, such as ice. If you grind your teeth during the day or night, we may recommend a night guard to protect your veneers from these grinding forces.
A night guard is a plastic cover that fits over your teeth to deflect hard forces. Night guards will also increase the longevity of your veneers. Finally, it is important to keep up with your daily brushing and flossing to avoid getting cavities in your teeth with the veneers, as well as, your other teeth.
Ormond Beach Dental Veneers
If you have any additional questions please contact us at our Ormond Beach office. We will be more than happy to help you in understanding the process of getting dental veneers. The impact of fixing your teeth with dental veneers can literally be life changing. The effect your new smile will have on your self-confidence will be amazing. You are more likely to advance yourself in life if you are once again confident to go out into the world with a huge smile.
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