What Are Veneers?

Are your teeth stained, chipped or broken? There are a few ways to fix them, but one is by using veneers. So what are they and how do they work?

A dental veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is placed on a tooth to cover imperfections in the tooth. The veneer covers imperfections like deep staining that can’t be removed through tooth whitening, a chip in a tooth or even a broken tooth. Having them put on takes a bit of work, but since they can be made in different shades, the customized results will be worth the work.

What Are Veneers?A dentist will go through several steps. First, he or she will take impressions of your teeth. Actually there will be several taken: before, during, and in some cases after the veneers are put on your teeth. The first impressions are used to make a stone replica of your teeth, which is used to allow the final veneers to be made. It’s also used to make a “wax-up” which is used to make a temporary set of veneers that are worn while the permanent ones are being made.

Once the temporary and permanent veneers are made, the dentist will prepare your teeth. This preparation varies from dentist to dentist, so check with yours to see what will be involved. You will probably have to wear the temporary ones for a length of time, so there are a few rules you should follow while wearing them. Avoid the following: biting into or chewing hard foods; gum and sticky candy; using your teeth to open or tear non-food items; biting your nails; and foods or beverages that contain deep pigments that will stain the acrylic used for the temporary veneers.

Your permanent veneers will be put on your teeth by using cement. It adheres to your teeth after they are prepared with acid etch. After they are adhered, the dentist will check your bite and adjustments will be made if necessary. Once the permanent ones are finished, some of the same “don’ts” will apply. They can chip or break, so avoid hard items and opening things with your teeth. Foods and drinks that stain should be avoided as well. Porcelain is porous and will stain. Unlike your teeth, veneers can’t be whitened, so if they get stained it’s problematic.

If you want to find a great dentist in Denver to help you decide if veneers are for you, visit Makowski Dental online at http://drjimdenverdentist.com/contact-us/

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