Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, effectively changing the color, shape, size, or length.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover your existing teeth to protect them from further harm and enhance their look. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin material and are used to give your smile a makeover. Your dentist may recommend that you get one if your tooth is chipped, misaligned, discolored or if you have a gap between your teeth.
When you get your dental veneers, your dentist will first prepare your teeth by shaving off a small portion of the enamel to make room for the veneer. Then, they will make an impression on your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to create custom-fit shells. A temporary veneer will be fabricated for you in the meantime. Once your veneers are ready, you can return to your dentist’s office to have them applied. Once they are in place, they will look like your natural teeth. Getting dental veneers is a painless and quick procedure that can improve your smile for years to come.
How Are Dental Veneers Placed?
The placement of dental veneers requires two office visits, though this may vary depending on the specifics of your case. During your first visit to the dentist’s office, we will prepare the tooth and take impressions of the teeth to send to the lab for fabrication. When your veneers are completed at the lab, you will return to the office to have them placed on the teeth.
We may need to prepare and reshape your tooth before placing the dental veneer to ensure a proper fit. You may be given a local anesthetic prior to treatment to ensure your comfort. Once the anesthetic wears off, you can expect some tooth sensitivity for several days.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
There are many benefits to having porcelain veneers placed on your teeth. Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that cover the front surface of the teeth. They are custom-made to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth. They provide outstanding cosmetic benefits, including whiter teeth, straighter and more even-looking teeth, correction of discolored or misshapen teeth, and improved confidence due to improved smile aesthetics. Porcelain veneers are also extremely durable and long lasting with proper care. With proper oral hygiene and regular checkups, your dentist will be able to ensure that your veneers last for many years.
To learn more about dental procedures, book an appointment with our dentist in San Leandro, CA, by calling us at (510) 587-9400 or visiting us at 145 E 14th St #100, San Leandro, CA. We will be happy to guide you further.