Veneers are custom made, thin shells that are used to improve the appearance of the teeth by covering the front sides of them. They are made of tooth colored materials that can improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained, and they can also be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth.
Types of veneers:
Two types of veneers are commonly used today. For a more durable, natural looking and stain resistant veneer, porcelain is utilized. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory, but are instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically are less expensive, but also have a shorter life span.
When should you consider dental veneers?
- Your teeth are stained or discolored
- Your teeth are crooked or misshapen
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
How it's done:
Two visits to our Port Charlotte office are typically required for porcelain veneers placement.
At the first visit, three important steps are completed. First, your tooth is prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which involves trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an impression of your teeth is taken to be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer. Finally, a temporary veneer may be placed, depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is being prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and Dr. Houman Dehdashti are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.
If you suffer from discolored, misaligned or broken teeth and believe veneers may be an option for you, call our Port Charlotte office today at (941) 624-0990 to make an appointment.