What Is a Tooth Veneer?
A dental veneer is a wafer-thin porcelain restoration that is bonded to the surface of a tooth in order to cover up cosmetic imperfections. Veneers can improve the shape, size, color, or brightness of your teeth.
Veneers are a simple way to make subtle but dramatic improvements to the aesthetics of your smile. Many celebrities with perfectly straight, white smiles are actually enjoying the benefits of veneers.
Traditional porcelain veneers are produced and placed over the course of two or three weeks. During your first appointment, we’ll carefully examine the tooth or teeth you want to cover with veneers.
Depending on the size and shape of the tooth, we’ll then need to remove some enamel, so the veneer will lie flush with the line of your teeth after bonding.
Once your porcelain veneer has been produced, you’ll come in for your second visit. Before applying the veneer, we’ll make sure we’re totally satisfied with the size, shape, and color of your veneers when compared to your other teeth.
We are perfectionists when it comes to our work, and nothing but the best will do for your unique smile!
There is a type of veneer that doesn’t involve filing down the enamel and can be placed much more quickly than their traditional counterparts. These prepless veneers are just as strong as traditional veneers. However, in order to qualify for prepless veneers, your teeth will need to meet the following requirements:
- Retroclination: The main reason we file down enamel before applying a traditional veneer is so the veneer will lay flush with the tooth line. In order to cut out this step, your teeth will need to be slightly retroclined, which means that your teeth are situated deeper in the gumline.
- Only minor discoloration: Severe discoloration could still be visible through the veneer if not shaved away because veneers are made to resemble the translucency of your natural teeth.
- Adequate shape and space: In order for the veneer to fix the size and shape of a tooth and still fit nicely between the adjacent teeth, there needs to be enough physical space from one tooth to the other. The size and shape of biting surfaces will also need to be taken into account in order for the veneer to perform in a natural way.
Come into Bateman Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry for a consultation. We will help you determine whether prepless veneers are an option for you.
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At Bateman Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry, we want all our patients to enjoy beautiful smiles they can be proud of. Call, text, email, or visit our office to discuss what dental veneers can do for your self-image!