Dental imperfections like chips, gaps, or permanent stains can affect your look and lower your self-confidence.
Fortunately, the dentistry team at University Park Family Dental in Denver, CO, can hide these imperfections with dental veneers.
Read on to find out veneers can help you...
Top 3 Benefits of Veneers
Dentists can use veneers to cover a wide range of issues including misshapen teeth, permanent stains under the enamel, and even minor gaps.
Veneers are made of medical-grade porcelain that is specifically designed for dentistry. The material mimics the delicate aesthetics of your natural teeth, but is also extremely durable.
Every cosmetic dentistry treatment at our office is customized to your needs. Our dentist will take into account the shade of your gums, color of your teeth, and even your facial features when designing your restorations.
How Veneers Are Placed
More Information About Veneers
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by porcelain veneers placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Dr. Avery Lopez' Denver dental practice offers top-of-the-line veneers to help his patients mask the flaws in their teeth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Understanding the Procedure
Typically, porcelain veneers entail at least three appointments at our Denver office: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
During the final "bonding" visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.
For certain patients no preparation of the teeth may be necessary. Please see our specialties page for more information.
To learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment, contact our office in Denver today.