Are you unsatisfied with how your teeth look? It could be something as simple as the shape of them, which causes them to stick out in a bad way. You may also have issues with the color, which have been difficult to fix with teeth whitening. All of these cosmetic problems can be fixed by using dental veneers. Here's what you need to know about getting veneers to fix your teeth.
How The Veneers Are Made
The process starts by visiting a dentist and having a mold made of your teeth. This mold is then sent to a lab that will fabricate the veneers that will fit onto your teeth. Their goal will be to create veneers that look good and that are functional, which means making sure that you have an even bite that does not feel uncomfortable.
When the shape of your veneers is finished, the veneers then go through a process to customize their color. Some people only get veneers for a few of their teeth, so the color needs to be matched to the teeth that surround it quite well. This process can take several weeks until the final veneers are delivered to the dentist.
How The Veneers Are Installed
The dentist will receive the new veneers and inspect them to make sure that they are high-quality and don't have any defects. If everything looks good, you schedule an appointment to come in and have the veneers installed.
The process starts with cleaning your teeth. The teeth that will have the veneers attached to them will have the front surfaces etched to make them rough, which helps the veneer material stick to the surface of the teeth. A special bonding material is used to attach the veneers to your teeth, and then your mouth is cleaned one last time. You should be able to leave the dentist's office that day with great looking veneers on your teeth.
How to Care For Veneers
Caring for dental veneers is not much different than caring for normal teeth. Just make sure that you are brushing in the mornings and evenings and flossing daily to remove the plaque from your teeth. You'll still need to return to the dentist to have the veneers polished as part of your regular cleaning. Some people choose to wear a mouthguard at night in order to protect the veneers if they have a habit of grinding their teeth.
To learn more, contact a resource like Henderson Family Dentistry.