Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are bonded to the frontal surface of the teeth. They fix dental imperfections such as discoloration, chipped or broken teeth, cracked or misshapen teeth, gaps between adjacent teeth, etc. Veneers are made from dental-grade ceramic or porcelain and are painted to match the natural color of the teeth.
What are the advantages of choosing veneers?
- Veneers offer excellent durability.
- They are made from dental-grade ceramic or porcelain, which is biocompatible and highly durable.
- With regular use and ordinary wear and tear, veneers remain as good as new for many years without any visible wear or tear.
- They offer excellent sealing properties.
- The pores on their surface can be closed off to prevent food particles from getting stuck in them.
- They offer exceptional luster and can be customized to mimic the exact appearance of natural teeth.
- Veneers can be customized according to the contour of the tooth to match it exactly.
- They do not alter the contour of the tooth when bonded to it.
- They are quite thin, which allows them to be bonded easily using dental adhesives.
- When bonded firmly to the tooth, veneers offer excellent resistance against bite forces, which means you won't have to worry about them coming off when you bite and chew food.
How are veneers placed?
When you walk into our dental practice for the initial consultation, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis of your oral condition and determine what needs to be done to solve it. The tooth will be cleaned thoroughly and prepared for bonding by roughening its surface. We use a photosensitive material for etching it, which makes the surface rough by removing a thin layer of its enamel layer. This allows the restoration to adhere firmly to it when bonded with dental adhesives.
We will take digital scans of the teeth and create a digital mold using a computer-aided designing (CAD) system. The mold will be used as a reference for fabricating the veneer in a laboratory, which may take a couple of weeks. During this period, we may suggest wearing a temporary restoration until we bond the prepared veneers permanently. Once you return for the next consultation, we will bond them using adhesive. A curing light is used for this purpose, which hardens it instantly and prevents any movement of the veneer with repeated use and chewing food. The restoration will be cleaned and polished after this process, and your bite will be checked to see the prosthetic tooth's functionality.
Please reach out to Dicus Family Dentistry at 15 McCabe Drive, #201, Reno, NV 89511, to have a consultation with our dentist. Call us at (775) 828-7246 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.