Custom-Made Shells of Tooth
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth and improve the tooth’s appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, and length. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. The procedure usually takes two to three visits. One visit for a consultation, the following visit for preparation of the teeth, and the final visit for cementation.
Madison Family Dental Believes There are Several Advantages to Dental Veneers
- They provide a natural tooth appearance.
- Gum tissue tolerates the porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected–dark teeth appear whiter.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.
A Few Disadvantages to Dental Veneers
- The veneer’s color cannot be altered once in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, we recommend you do so before veneers.
- Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite or chew your nails, pencils, ice, or other hard objects.
- Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth (e.g. those with decay or active gum disease).
- Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Veneers
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Post-operative Care Following Dental Veneers
As your trusted Madison dentist, we know the mouth is an extremely sensitive part of the body. Dental treatment of any kind requires taking extra care of the area of operation. Whether you have had a routine procedure or something more complex, like a tooth extraction or periodontal surgery, there are several important steps you can take to maximize the results of your procedure, prevent infection, and ease any discomfort you might experience.
Below are post-operative instructions from the dentists at Madison Family Dental. If you have any additional questions about your procedure, or if you are experiencing abnormal bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or any reaction to medications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Following the preparation for cosmetic veneers, it will take two to three weeks for the dentist to receive the veneers back from the lab.
- Occasionally temporary dental veneers can be placed until the permanent veneers are back.
- Dental veneers do not require any special care once placed.
- Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing.