what are Dental Veneers?
Dental Veneers are used to enhance your smile by giving you attractive, even teeth much quicker than braces ever could. These veneers are very thin and are custom-fitted and bonded to the front of the teeth. The veneers are natural in color as to not provide a fake appearance, but can be much whiter than your original tooth coloring.
By placing a veneer on top of a tooth, Dr. Nancy Gill and Dr. Dallas Kenson can quickly and easily help achieve a beautiful smile. Most are permanent and are bonded very tightly to the tooth they are protecting, but there are some removable options. Some types of veneers may last for 20 years or more due to new and improved bonding agents.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Veneers can correct a variety of problems a restore your beautiful smile. These problems include:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Yellowing or stains
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Small holes or pits in teeth
- Uneven or undersized teeth
If you relate to any of these situations listed above, call our office today to schedule your consultation for dental veneers.
Is it possible i am not a Good Candidate For Veneers?
If you have decay, gum disease or weakened teeth, veneers may not be an option for you. Also, if you clench or grind your teeth veneers may not be the best option as they can still chip or crack. If any of these conditions sound like you, we have other options to help correct them.
Porcelain or Indirect Veneers
After Dr. Gill and Dr. Kenson discuss your options and take impressions of your teeth, your Porcelain veneers will be custom-made for you in a laboratory. This process usually takes a week or two. Once the veneers are received from the lab they can be applied to your teeth. Two appointments are required for this process: one for the impression, and a second for preparing the natural teeth and placing the veneers once they have been created. Porcelain Veneers resist stains better than composite veneers and better simulate the shine of natural teeth. Lumineers® and Vivaneers® are two alternative porcelain veneer options that don’t require any tooth-buffing before placement due to their thin structure.
Composite or Direct Veneers
Composite veneers differ from Porcelain veneers largely because they can be placed in just one visit to our office. Composite veneers are much faster and more efficient while also costing significantly less money. These veneers are thinner and require less removal of the natural tooth surface before placement. They can expand and contract with natural fluctuations in tooth size, which makes it the perfect choice for repairing fractured teeth.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The placement of porcelain veneers will require three appointments for the following:
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
During your first appointment, Dr. Nancy Gill or Dr. Dallas Kenson will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate. They may need to take an X-ray at this time. Drs. Gill and Kenson will also discuss the corrective abilities and limitations of the procedure so you are fully aware of the outcome. At this time you may also have the opportunity to take an active role in designing and discussing your restorative veneers.
At your second appointment, the teeth receiving the veneers are lightly buffed to prepare the surface for maximum adhesion. During this process, the teeth are typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. From here, an impression is taken of the teeth to be sent to the lab for creation of your custom-made veneers. If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your natural teeth after buffing, a temporary veneer can be placed. The custom veneers are usually ready in one to two weeks.
At your third appointment, the dentist will test the veneers on your teeth with water or glycerin to determine that they are perfect in fit and color. If the color is not what you want, it can still be adjusted by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the tooth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied to the teeth and veneer. A special light is used to quickly harden the cement and give you a beautiful, long-lasting new smile.
Veneers Before and After
Treat your veneers just as you would your natural teeth. Continue to brush and floss regularly and continue dental check-ups. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended.
Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after placement of veneers due to the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. This should dissipate in one to two weeks. If sensitivity continues, inform our office.
By continuing proper home care and routine dental visits, your new veneers should experience long-lasting success.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in veneers and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (303) 277-9600 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves patients from Denver, Arvada, Golden and surrounding areas.