One of the techniques dentists use to correct the appearance of teeth is veneers – thin, custom made shells that are placed on top of existing teeth, fixing discolorations, gaps, chips, and broken teeth. While veneers and bonding are cosmetic procedures used to treat similar problems, veneers may be a better alternative in cases where the patient wants to adjust the size or shape of the tooth.
A normal procedure typically requires multiple visits – on the first visit, the dentist will inspect the tooth (or teeth) to make sure the patient is a good candidate and verify that veneers will properly fix the problem at hand. During this first visit, the dentist will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel, so that the veneer surface rests even with the rest of the teeth. Once the enamel is removed, the dentist will make a detailed impression of the tooth and send the impression off to a laboratory for a custom veneer designed to fit the tooth precisely. The dental laboratory can make the veneer using either porcelain or resin – porcelain veneers are more natural, resin veneers requiring less enamel removal.
Once the veneer is created, the patient will return for a second visit to continue shaping the veneer before it is bonded to the tooth surface with permanent cement. In many cases, the patient will be asked to return in a few weeks to evaluate the gums and make sure the patient’s gums are reacting well to the new veneer surface.
Modern porcelain veneers tend to last many years, are easy to care for provide a very natural appearance and offer a stronger alternative to other cosmetic options.
If you’re interested in learning more about veneers, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
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