What Patients in Tucson, AZ Can Expect When Seeking Porcelain Dental Veneers
Do you have teeth that are imperfect due to discoloration, chips, breaks, or gaps? These are just a few reasons why you may be considering porcelain veneers, which are wafer-thin coverings that are applied to teeth to remedy these types of dental imperfections. Dr. Colby Echols and his team at Swan Dental in Tucson, AZ, have been performing this cosmetic dental treatment with great success on patients looking to improve their smile.
Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that your dentist will attach to the front surface of your tooth to improve their aesthetic appearance. Many dentists have adopted porcelain veneers, but resin-composite veneers are also used by some. Some patients may only need a single veneer to improve the appearance of a particular tooth, while others may elect on several veneers for a uniform, symmetrical smile. Let us take a look at what the process may look like for you if you elect to receive veneers.
Preparing for Veneers
Before receiving veneers, you will go to a preliminary appointment to discuss options and specifics including how many veneers you wish to receive. In some more severe cases involving teeth that are uneven or crooked, braces may need to be worn before veneers can become a viable option. If veneers are deemed a good fit for your situation, x-rays will be taken so your dentist can evaluate the health of your teeth and isolate any instances of tooth decay or gum disease.
Final preparation for veneers includes sizing your veneers. This is done by removing a very thin layer of tooth enamel using a gentle grinding tool and then taking an impression of your teeth using, in most cases, a mold. This mold is then sent off to a lab where the veneers are fabricated. You will then receive temporary veneers to cover the tooth or teeth, which had the enamel removed.
Receiving your Veneers
In most cases, the time between when your impression is sent to the lab and when your veneers will be ready in 1 to 2 weeks. You and your dentist will look at the veneer to make sure it is the right custom fit, shape, and color you desire. Your teeth will then receive a cleaning so that bacteria do not get stuck underneath the veneer. A grinding tool is then used to gently roughen the surface of your tooth receiving the veneer and it is then applied using dental cement. A UV light is used to harden this cement, and you are ready to go.Back to Porcelain Veneers Page
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