Considering dental veneers in Peoria, AZ to restore the appearance of your smile? Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells designed to improve teeth appearance by covering the front surface of the teeth. They are made of tooth-colored materials (porcelain or resin composite materials) and are bonded to the teeth to change their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be used to address a variety of dental cosmetic issues, such as:
One or more teeth can be treated at one time. Before beginning the procedure, the patient will be consulted to determine what results are desired. The dentist will examine the teeth to ensure that the procedure is appropriate and then possibly take x-rays of the teeth and/or make impressions of the mouth and teeth.
In order for the dental veneer to be fitted, approximately half a millimeter of the tooth enamel will have to be removed. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area before any work is done. The dentist will then make a model or impression of the tooth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the veneer is created; this process usually takes about two to four weeks. In the meantime, temporary veneers can be placed.
Once the permanent veneer returns from the dental laboratory, the dentist will place it on the tooth to check the fit and color. It can be trimmed until the fit is right. In order to receive the veneer, the tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched. This last step roughens the tooth surface to create a stronger bond. A special cement is applied to the veneer, which is then placed onto the tooth. A special light beam is then applied to the tooth, which causes it to cure very quickly. Any excess cement will be removed after the veneer has been bonded to the tooth. A follow-up visit may be needed to allow the dentist to check how the gums are responding to the presence of the veneer and to check its placement. Interested in veneers in Peoria, AZ? Schedule your appointment with us today!