When a tooth is broken, tinted, or cracked, it is essential to treat the tooth to maintain your oral health. For many, this means consulting with their cosmetic dentist to find out which treatment options are best for their situation. Dental veneers are often recommended to help restore your tooth to its natural appearance while protecting the remaining portion of your tooth. Before beginning your treatment, your dentist will explain the veneer process and what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment.
Understanding the Procedure
Porcelain veneers are used as an alternative treatment for crowns to restore damaged teeth. The dentist will determine whether you are a good candidate. Basically you should have healthy teeth and gums to ensure that the dentist gets the right fit to cover the entire front surface of the damaged tooth or teeth.
If you are a suitable candidate:
- The dentist will shed off a small amount of tooth enamel to create enough room for the new veneer to be bonded to your tooth. This helps to create a suitable surface for bonding to occur and ensures that the dental restoration looks and feels like your natural teeth.
- Next, the dentist will take an impression of each tooth to create custom veneers that fit perfectly over the tooth. This increases the chances of successful bonding to the host tooth. The color of the veneer is closely matched to the look of the surrounding teeth to create a uniform look. At this point, you can also choose a different shade to make your smile brighter.
- When the veneers are ready, the temporary veneers are removed and a strong cement used to bond the final veneer to the tooth, providing a restoration that is comparable in strength to normal teeth.
Contact your cosmetic dentist in Austin TX to schedule a consultation and begin the process of restoring your smile and oral health!