Create a Beautiful Smile with Dental Veneers
Statistics tell us that a large majority of people would like to change something about the appearance of their teeth. At Deer Park Dental, we help our patients accomplish this goal with comprehensive care that we would want for our own families.
Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Ultimately, the purpose of dental veneers is to enhance the entire tone of the smile. This may be done in numerous ways, such as enhancing the size and/or shade of the teeth, or by disguising a prominent gap. Some of the common concerns that are beautifully handled with veneers include:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Spots or stains caused by internal damage
- Shifting or turning of a tooth
- Small size or odd shapes
The technical description of a veneer is that it is some type of aesthetic covering. Dental veneers cover the front surface of a tooth or teeth to make it appear a certain way. The beauty of this versatile treatment is that we can customize care to the individual. If you have one tooth that is slightly turned and you would like it to appear straight, a direct or indirect veneer can accomplish this. If you want your smile to reflect a certain “personality,” such as sporty or sophisticated, veneers can be shaped in a specific manner to achieve this look.
What To Expect at Veneers Appointment
The veneer process may differ based on the type of veneer a patient selects for his or her intended purpose. There are two types of veneers available at Deer Park Dental, direct and indirect.
Regardless, if we do direct or indirect veneers, the case needs to be worked up. The first step is the patient’s consultation with the dentist were the patient’s goals for their smile are discussed. Photographs are taken and models of the teeth are made. Next, we send all of the information to our laboratory to create a “wax-up”. This is a model showing the new proposed smile. Often times a mock-up based on the wax-up will be done on the patient so that he or she can get an idea of how the proposed veneers will look on them.
Resin Veneers – Direct
The direct veneer process is completed in a single visit. This method of enhancement may also be referred to as bonding. It is well suited to small problems such as a stain or chip, because composite resin is not as translucent as other materials, such as porcelain. Direct veneer treatment involves the application of a putty-like resin onto the prepared tooth. We are able to mold this material to the exact shape and size needed to create a natural-looking result. Once this has been achieved, the shaped resin is cured, or hardened with light. Once the tooth veneer is polished, the finished restoration will result in a tooth which compliments that natural esthetics of surrounding teeth.
Porcelain Veneers – Indirect
Porcelain veneers may be used to create a small change or to completely make over your smile. These sheaths of quality porcelain are created in a dental lab based on a model of your teeth. Before they can be bonded, surface enamel must be slightly reduced. This keeps the veneers from standing out away from the gums.
Because porcelain veneers are made in a lab, two visits are required to complete the smile transformation. Before bonding final veneers, we evaluate the coloring, shape, size and proportion in relation to surrounding teeth. If necessary, small revisions can be made here in the office prior to placement. Because porcelain veneers are considered a permanent enhancement, it is important that you feel satisfied with your new smile before we complete the bonding process.
How To Protect New Veneers
Once veneers are in place, they can actually strengthen the tooth to which they are bonded. However, it is important to take good care of these restorations and your teeth, in order to avoid cavities at the margins, or failure. Veneers can withstand normal biting and chewing pressure, but biting and twisting can compromise the bond. Additionally, often times it is recommended that patients wear a night guard to protect their veneers. This is especially the case if the patient shows signs that he or she has a history of grinding. At Deer Park Dental, our dentists fabricate a bite guard called an SRA (superior repositioning appliance). This type of guard is more complex to make but it provides protection not only for the teeth but for the joint. It is often used for patients who grind or brux or patients who have jaw joint (TMJ) problems.
Veneers Before and After
How Long Do Veneers Last?
When you brush, floss, avoid chewing on hard objects, and see your dentist regularly, you should expect many years of service from your veneers. Exactly how many years that veneers last will vary from patient to patient. Factors affecting the longevity of veneers include how hard people are on their teeth, the type of bite that they have, how much enamel is available for bonding to, among others. Average life span for veneers is 7-15 years, but with good enamel bonding and protection from grinding forces with a bite guard, they may last even longer.
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Does Dental Insurance Cover Veneer Cost?
Deer Park Dental is dedicated to providing you with the smile you desire! Feel free to call in today and ask about our payment options. Contact our Stockton office at (209) 478-3036 to consult with one of our experienced dentists about dental veneers.