Dental veneers are thin coverings which are specially made for your tooth and colored to look exactly like your own teeth. They are designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve your appearance so that you feel more comfortable when you smile or talk.
Composite dental veneers or composite laminate veneers can be made from resin or porcelain materials. A porcelain veneer can usually resist stains better than a resin veneer and looks more like your natural teeth. To decide whether or not you need a veneer, you should discuss your options with one of our recommended Peoria cosmetic dentist.
Generally, veneers are used to fix teeth that are discolored or worn down, or teeth that may have chips or are broken. They can also be used on misaligned or uneven teeth or to fill in gaps. Getting a veneer fitted normally requires three trips to your dentist, which are the initial consultation, the molding of the veneer and fitting it to your teeth.
Composite Dental Veneers Procedure
To prepare your tooth, your Peoria dentist will remove a small portion of enamel from your tooth’s surface, which will be about the same thickness of the veneer that will be added onto the surface of the tooth. Your dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the area before he or she starts trimming the enamel. They will then make a model of your tooth which will be sent to a dental laboratory to be constructed.
In the next appointment, your tooth will be cleaned and polished to prepare it for the veneer. A special dental cement is then applied to the veneer before it is placed on your tooth. Once it has been properly positioned, your dentist will use a special light to activate the chemicals in the cement. This causes it to harden more quickly. Finally, your dentist will remove any excess cement and make any necessary adjustments to the veneer. Your dentist will check the veneer a few weeks later to ensure that it is still securely in place.