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What is the Dental Veneer Process?

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It is proven that smiling releases endorphins throughout the body that help us immediately improve our mood. However, dental imperfections can make smiling more stressful than joyful. Chipped or cracked teeth are often the culprit of low self-esteem and emotional stress. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

There are cosmetic dentistry procedures that can have you back to you full level of confidence. Veneers, in particular, are a popular solution to dental concern from crooked or misaligned teeth, to tooth decay and discoloration. Experts in the field, like Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz, make the process of choosing and applying dental veneers an anxiety-free experience.

What Can I Expect from Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are small porcelain or plastic pieces custom shaped to fit right above your tooth. Veneers can be used to fix a single tooth or an entire smile. They can be matched with the rest of your teeth to seamlessly fix a single concern. Or designed to create the smile of your dreams.

Deciding whether veneers are the best option for your dental imperfection is something to discuss with your dentist. While other options are available, patients prefer dental veneers because of their ease and longevity.

How are Dental Veneers Applied

The process for dental veneers begins with an impression taken by your dentist at the dental office. This impression allows the dentist to create veneers that are specifically shaped for your teeth. It also allows the dentist to see how much a tooth needs to be reduced for the veneer to fit.

Applying veneers doesn’t require a dentist to remove much of the tooth. Any tooth removal is done by buffing the natural tooth. This allows space for the piece of porcelain or plastic (the veneer) to be comfortably placed on top of your tooth. Because veneers are thin, the buffing only reduces the tooth by about 0.5mm to 1.0mm.

Once the custom veneers are ready, the dentist glues them to the tooth. Before permanently applying your new veneers, you can request a temporary set to test color and comfort. The temporary set is applied with temporary cement that would be the same color as the one the dentist will use for your permanent veneers. This will allow you to check out your new teeth in different lighting and angles.

Once any necessary adjustments are made to the permanent veneers, the teeth that will be treated are cleaned with a chemical that will enhance the bond. The veneer is then placed on the tooth and the glue is hardened with a light beam.

Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

While veneers are not permanent, they can last up to 15 years with proper care. Since veneers won’t stain and are typically more affordable than crowns, they are a preferred solution for many dental patients.

If you have concerns about your smile or your dental imperfections are affecting your mental health, the first step is to discuss your options with your dentist. Get started on your perfect smile today with Dr. Ignatowicz!

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