Should you get veneers?

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Dentists provide what many doctors can‘t, and it’s one thing that can make or break the first encounter you have with anyone. The gift and the importance of a smile are one we can’t downplay and it really requires effort in keeping a picture perfect look. One way dentists give patients their best smile is by enabling you to have a gorgeous smile using dental veneers if your case requires them. An excellent dentist uses your real teeth as a blueprint to create the perfect match for your natural teeth or dental implants.

Dental or porcelain veneers treat a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental issues. They improve the way you look and correct dental problems, too.

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What are veneers for your teeth?

Hard, tooth-shaped outer coverings for the teeth are veneers. These veneers become created from porcelain. The specially designed veneers become placed on a person’s front teeth to cover up areas of breakage or decay. The dentist creates a mold of the targeted teeth, ensuring a perfect match by changing the shape of each tooth, making the veneer the proper size and color, and by placing the veneer in the correct position in the mouth.

Who is the right candidate for veneers?

A top dentist first must give you a full dental examination before attempting to fit you with veneers for your teeth. They take digital x-rays and make impressions of the mouth that include your bite and facebow records. From these records, an expert dentist gets a close idea about the health of your teeth and mouth. And from here, they can use dental wax to create the right veneers to assist your teeth in looking better than you imagined.

Some dental problems addressed and corrected by dental veneers include:

  • Making your smile whiter and brighter.
  • Altering tooth coloration because of root canals, excessive fluoride use, fillings or the use of some medications.
  • Improve the looks of irregularly shaped teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth.
  • Repair tooth surface wear.
  • Fix the looks of chipped or broken teeth.
  • Correct misaligned teeth.

Your dentist may or may not also place temporary veneer replacements to keep their teeth looking nice while they wait for their permanent veneers. Within a couple of weeks, your teeth get prepared to receive the permanent veneers arrive and get placed on your teeth.

How does your dentist prepare your teeth for veneers?

Before they fit your teeth with your permanent veneers, your dentist prepares the surface of your teeth. Enamel gets removed, so the teeth accept the permanent veneers. They may make other various preparations, depending on the final goals.

Once prepared, the dentist creates the molds of your teeth and submits them to the dental lab. At this lab, natural-looking dental veneers get expertly created. About two or three weeks after your appointment, your veneers are ready for placement. The dentist can also have veneers created in one to two days if you’re flying in from out of town.

Local anesthetics are available for use if the veneer placement is uncomfortable by any means. Many types of veneer placement patients experience no pain using the Lumineer or traditional veneer processes, however.

The dentist then places the new permanent veneers atop the tooth being treated, checking to make any adjustments needed to the teeth or veneers. Next, the dentist thoroughly cleans the treated tooth or teeth and makes etches on them to help the veneer better adhere to the treated tooth. He uses colored bonding agents to ensure the color of the veneer and the bonding agent work correctly for your mouth. The dentist then cures the veneers onto the tooth with a unique curing light that hardens the veneer to the tooth permanently. Finally, he uses dental tools to remove any excess bonding agent and allow you to brush and floss your teeth correctly.

What types of dental veneers does an expert cosmetic dentist recommend?

Your dentist may use porcelain veneers and Lumineers at their practice. Lumineers use durable feldspathic porcelain fortified with leucite. Both Lumineers and traditional veneers are very thin – about the same thickness as a contact lens. These veneers remain tough, durable and beautiful. Unless your teeth need extreme preparation, the process requires no local anesthetic use. A local anesthetic is available for your usage to ensure your comfort, however. It takes approximately two dentist visits to place traditional veneers or Lumineers. Some dental professionals prefer to use Master Ceramist to create the perfect traditional veneers for their patients.

A Professional That Can Help

Dr. Marc Lazare offers consultations about cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including veneers. Dr. Lazare, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. performs periodontal and cosmetic dentistry at his offices in New York. He stays up to date on the latest dental techniques and technology. Dr. Lazare also invented patented tools to help the dentist more accurate in placing veneers on their patient’s teeth. Visit his site to learn more about this NYC veneers expert.

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