veneers are used to correct alignment, color and tooth shape problems. Porcelain
veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped and colored porcelain that are
bonded over the front of your teeth. Composite resin veneers are applied directly
to your teeth and adjusted to the desired shape. Both procedures can be performed
without anesthesia. Veneers require a minimum tooth reduction (where the thickness
of the tooth is reduced about 0.5-1.5 mm.). In cases of serious tooth discoloration
(very yellow or brown -colored), dentists recommend porcelain veneers or crowns
as opposed to bleaching. .
Dental veneers can be a solution for:
- Correct the shape of the front
- Closing space of the front teeth
- Corredt the alignment of the front
- Severely discolored teeth
a Dentist, Dental Q & A - Veneers
- How long does it take for a procedure?
A - The procedure takes several hours. It depends
on the oral health condition of the patient. A
patient should expect to be in the office for 3-4
hours. The dentist has to perform a thorough exam
before starting the procedure.
Q - How many dental visits does it require?
- It takes just two visits for the entire procedure.
Since it is necessary to do a thorough exam, the
visits are several hours each. Dental offices allow
patients to watch a movie while the procedure is
Q - What are various things I should keep in mind
to get prepared for the procedure?
A - On the day
of the teeth whitening appointment, it is highly
recommended that a patient cleans
his/her teeth thoroughly. The dentist will also
check and clean the teeth prior to the procedure,
but it saves time to be prepared.
Q - Difference in look of teeth between the two
A - On the first visit, the dentist prepares
a provisional or temporary installation that will
come as close as possible to the look the patient
would like to achieve. The smile of a patient always
looks better after the first visit, and after the
second visit it will look great! Unlike most forms
of cosmetic treatment, there is no healing time
for this procedure.
Q - What to expect during the procedure?
A - During
the procedure, patients usually experience no discomfort.
On your first visit, your dentist
may give you freezing (called a local anesthetic).
Aside from having to keep your mouth open for a
period of time, there is no pain involved. Your
dentist then removes part of the enamel from your
teeth to make room for the veneers. Your dentist
makes an impression of your teeth. The impression
is sent to a dental lab where your veneers are
custom-made. On your next visit, your dentist
puts a mild chemical on your teeth to make them
a little rough. This helps the veneers stick
to your teeth better. The veneers are then attached
to your teeth one by one, using composite resin
Q - Does the dentist use a laboratory for the procedure
and is the cost of lab included in cost of the procedure?
A - The impressions of the teeth are sent to the
lab to create custom-made veneers. The cost of
the lab work is usually included in the procedure
cost and is also discussed with the patient.
Q - What do most people experience
after the procedure?
A - After the first visit
a patient can experience
a slight degree of discomfort, but nothing that
could not be remedied by ordinary Aspirin or Tylenol.
Q - Are there any prescriptions provided after
A - Usually Tylenol is recommended
to ease the minor aches or pains that a patient
following the procedure.
Q - What medical condition would disqualify a
person from getting a certain procedure?
A - The
dentist should be informed of any and all medical
conditions. This is necessary to avoid
any complications that might occur during or after
Q - How long do the results last?
A - Veneers
usually last for up to 12 years. This is the same
timeframe for how long a crown will
last. The ultimate timeframe depends on the oral
health habits of the patient.
Things to keep in mind
It is strongly recommend that a patient avoid
eating sticky foods like gum, caramels, and taffy.
Avoid hard candy and definitely do not chew ice
cubes! Don't bite your fingernails or chew on hard
objects. Once veneers have been applied, a patient
cannot reverse the treatment because a part of
the tooth enamel has been removed. And, until the
veneers are attached to your teeth, your teeth
may be sore and look strange.
2 Christopher A. Jordan, DDS.