If you have dreamed of a straighter smile, you may have heard about Invisalign® as an alternative to braces. Traditional braces have been the go-to treatment option for general dentists for many years. However, many patients worry about the regular adjustments, eating restrictions, and discomfort of metal braces.Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners are…
Tips to Prepare for Veneer Placement
Veneers are thin shells that are cemented to the front-facing part of a tooth. They serve as covers that hide imperfections or flaws on the surface of teeth. Veneers are popular in Hollywood, and they are responsible for many of the amazing smiles you see on television and in movies.
Veneers are versatile oral restorations and they can be used to tackle a variety of issues including:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Deformed teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Stains and discoloration
- Short teeth
Installing dental veneers
The installation of veneers requires the removal of portions of enamel from the patient's teeth. The amount of enamel removed is typically proportional to the thickness of the veneers being used. Removing enamel creates a more natural look when the veneers are installed. Veneers tend to make teeth appear bulkier when the enamel is not removed.
This removal of enamel is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed once done. Teeth that have their enamel shaved off will need to always be protected with an oral restoration moving forward. People who would rather not have any significant amount of enamel removed should consider no-prep veneers. These restorations do not require the removal of enamel since they are thinner than conventional veneers.
Once a patient's teeth have been prepared for veneers, the dentist will take an impression or make a 3D model of the patient's teeth using digital images. The impression/data is sent to a dental lab where the patient's custom veneers are made. It takes about two weeks for the finished product to get back to the dentist.
Meanwhile, the dentist will attach temporary veneers to the patient's teeth and send them on their way. When the patient's custom veneers are ready, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and place the custom veneers on the patient's teeth.
There is no recovery period after the installation of crowns, but patients often experience increased tooth sensitivity for a few days. This can be managed using desensitizing toothpaste or mouthwash.
Tips for preparing for veneer placement
The installation of veneers does not require any surgical procedures. Local anesthetics are administered before removing enamel from tooth surfaces so the patient does not feel anything during the process. Simple things patients can do to make the preparation of their teeth go more smoothly include:
- Brush teeth before going to the dentist
- Avoid eating for a few hours before the treatment
- Get to the dentist 15 minutes before the procedure so you have time to fill out paperwork and relax
- Talk to the dentist about sedatives if you have dental anxiety
Get the smile of your dreams
There is virtually no smile that cannot be fixed with dental veneers. These oral restorations make it easy for your teeth to look exactly how you want them to be. The veneer-placement process can be completed in as little as two weeks.
Contact our Evans clinic to learn more about how dental veneers can be used to restore your smile and confidence.
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