For many people, having discolored, chipped, or broken teeth could severely impact their self-esteem. Therefore, dental veneers made from resin composite or porcelain help modify your overall appearance by acting as shells of the same color as your tooth. While implants and crowns help treat issues such as missing and severely damaged teeth, veneers work on teeth that are still attached to your gums. At Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS, we help you regain your confidence by adding symmetry to your smile and making it more even.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
The most apparent benefit of veneers is that it immensely improves your teeth appearance by making them even and bright. They can help treat several dental issues such as spaces between the teeth, pointed, broken, discolored teeth, and unusually smaller teeth. Moreover, veneers last for a long time, making every bit of your investment worth it and which is why most patients prefer this option.
Types of Veneers
Composite veneers are made using material such as plastic or resin. It is the quickest procedure and generally takes only a single appointment. At that appointment, our professional applies the veneers directly on your teeth. These types of veneers can be repaired very easily if they are broken.
On the other hand, porcelain ones are created in a lab. These types of veneers usually require more than a single appointment, at most two. This is because porcelain veneers take more time to be prepared than composite ones. The first appointment is to make measurements and take impressions to create the customized veneer and the second one is to apply it to your tooth.
Veneer Placement Procedure
Your veneers are made in the lab once our dentist creates your mold. The procedure usually takes a week or two, after which our dentist assesses them to ensure that they are the right shape and size for your teeth. After that, thorough cleaning of your teeth is done to eliminate any bacteria that might affect the outcome. Then our dentist uses a grinding tool to work on the texture of all the teeth that require veneers. Following that, dental cement is used to attach them to each tooth. Placing veneers takes about two hours at maximum or slightly more if our dentist uses a local anesthetic.
After veneers are placed, the recovery time is relatively short. You are able to perform your regular oral functions such as chewing and eating in a usual manner. However, it is better to take precautions regardless, such as not biting your tongue or cheeks while the anesthetic effect is gradually fading.
Moreover, avoid biting your nails or any other hard objects. Do not open any items with your teeth and use a mouthguard while playing sports. Do not consume any hard food, especially with your front teeth. If necessary, use your teeth at the back to cut and chew hard items such as chocolate. Depending on the type of veneers and how much care you provide them with, they can easily last for years. To discuss and learn more about your options with our dentist, call us at 737-273-3303 or visit Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS for live counseling.