Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Odontal veneers (sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or laminates of porcelain dental) are thin and tailored tooth shells, intended for cosmetic appeal, to give the illusion of homogenous color in a tooth, or set of teeth. The shells are attached to the front of teeth, and can be used to correct size, color, shape, or length of the tooth.
The costs of veneers differ according to where one lives, and the magnitude of the operation (i.e. how many veneers you are getting). The price of veneers usually varies between $1,000 and $2,000. Generally, veneer costs are not covered by insurance. Check with your particular dental insurance agency to be sure.
The Time Frame
For a dental veneer, the standard processes usually occurs over three visits: a consultation for the first, the second for imprents and measurements, and the third for the application of the veneers. They can assess and perform these steps on single, or multiple teeth at a time.
The First Step
Your active involvement is part of this first phase. Explain the outcome you want to try to accomplish to your dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth during this appointment to see if a dental veneer is appropriate for you, and discuss what this operation involves and certain limitations etc. that one might encounter. There could also be x-rays taken of the mouth and the teeth, and impressions might be taken at this point as well.
Creating the Veneers
Your dentist will remove approximately half a millimeter of enamel from your tooth’s surface, in order to accommodate the thickness that the vener will add to your tooth. Then, you and your dentist will decide whether a local anesthetic is necessary before you trim the enamel. Your dentist will then create a tooth model or print. This model is sent to a dental laboratory, which will create your veneer. It generally requires 2-4 weeks to get the veneers from the laboratory. For teeth that are especially unsightly, there are temporary veneers that can be placed until the permanent ones arrive and can be placed.
The Application of the Veneer
Once the veneer arrives, it will be adjusted, as necessary, to ensure the right fit. The color of the veneer can be adjusted with the cement shade to be used. Next, your tooth will be washed, polished and grated to prepare your tooth for the venner, which will texturize the tooth for a place for the veneer to bond to. The veneer is fitted with a unique cement, and the furnace is laid on the tooth. Once your dentist is positioned correctly on your tooth, a light beam will be applied into the dental veneer, enabling the cement chemicals to harden. The final steps include removal of surplus cement, evaluation of your bite, and final changes to the veneer, where required.
Aftercare and Special Accommodations
No unique care is required for dental veneers. Continue to practice excellent methods of oral hygiene, such as brushing, flossing and antiseptic mouthwash, as you would usually. The veneers should be resistant to stains, but your dentist may advise you to avoid beverages that have a history of staining teeth (such as coffee, tea and red wine).