A Quick Guide to Dental Veneers

Dental veneers have become a favorite way for dentists to help their patients fix many problems with the teeth towards the front of their mouth. If someone is suffering from teeth that have been worn down or have some chips in them, this can be a great solution. Also, teeth that are discolored or are experiencing multiple of these problems can be fixed and alleviated with dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are described in different ways, but typically they are explained to be extremely wafer-thin shells that can be applied to a patients teeth. The veneer is bonded to the teeth using an adhesive agent and can help with covering the teeth that have discoloration, chips, cracks, and gaps.

Because of their personalized construction, the dental veneers can be custom made to match the other color of a person’s teeth and will typically not be noticeable that someone could know the person has a veneer on.

What is the process like for getting dental veneers?

The process for getting dental veneers is pretty straight forward. It typically is done in three steps and does not take more than a few weeks from beginning to end. The most important aspect is to stay in communication with the dentist and let them know the goals you are expecting by having dental veneers placed.

Making the plan

The first step in getting dental veneers is for the patient and dentist to work together on figuring out what issues the patient has that they want to be fixed. If after a consultation and examination the dentist decides dental veneers would be a good solution, the next step would occur. It is essential to know if the issues can be fixed with dental veneers, or if another procedure may be needed before.

Preparing for the veneers

During this phase, the dentist will need to shave a bit of the tooth off where the dental veneer will be placed. Typically this is no more than ½ of a millimeter that will need to be removed of the enamel of the teeth. Of course, before this is done a numbing agent is given to ensure there is no discomfort during the procedure of shaving the teeth's enamel.

Bonding the veneer

Before bonding the dental veneer to the teeth, the dentist will ensure the color and fit will be right. After this has been determined the dentist will use a bonding agent to cement the veneer to the teeth. After this step is completed, the dental veneer process is completed, and the patient can enjoy a bright white smile.

Questions?

Do you have any additional questions about dental veneers and what they can do for you? Contact our office, and we will gladly answer any further questions you may have. Give us a call, and our staff will help guide you in making the best decisions to reach your teeth goals. Call us today!

Request an appointment here: https://kellieharrisdds.com or call Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (575) 993-5911 for an appointment in our Taos office.

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