17 Oct How Long Does Getting Dental Veneers Take?
Dental veneers are custom-made shells that fit perfectly over your existing teeth. They can help conceal chips, cracks, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections. Dental veneers are the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments available. Depending on your goals, there are several types from which to choose. In this article, we will review how dental veneers work, who needs them, and how long it takes to get them.
Dental Veneers: What Are They And How Do They Work?
Veneers are shell-like coverings that fit over your teeth’s front surface. Dentists use high-quality materials like porcelain or tooth-colored composite to help create veneers. Since they are cosmetic in nature, veneers help conceal a wide range of dental imperfections like cracks, chips, gaps, discoloration, and more. If you want to enhance your smile’s appearance, we suggest you consider exploring veneers. Veneers often make the best choice for you if you have:
- Teeth that are too small
- Stains that don’t go away after professional teeth whitening
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Spaces or gaps in your smile
- Misshapen teeth
However, you must note that veneers only work if your teeth don’t have extensive gum disease or cavities. If you have oral health issues, Dr. Mitchell will first need to address those before exploring cosmetic treatments.
Dental Veneers: The Process
When you decide you get dental veneers applied, you can expect to make at least three different trips to your dentist. However, in some cases, it might require fewer.
The Treatment Plan
This is where you and your dentist will set the goals you expect to achieve by getting porcelain veneers. In this initial appointment, your dentist will examine the current health of your teeth to ensure you are the right candidate for the procedure. The dentist will take a few X-rays and make an impression of your teeth to which the veneers will be applied. In addition to taking your impression, they will also use their shade guide to determine the right color for your porcelain veneers. They will also note which laminate regions must be more or less translucent.
Once your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and orders your dental veneers to be made, they will start with preparation. Your dentist will remove half a millimeter of enamel from your teeth’s surface. This will be around the same thickness as your porcelain veneers that are being made. After the dentist places the order to have your veneers made, it should take around two weeks to have your porcelain veneers delivered.
Before the dentist places veneers on your teeth, they will most likely place temporary veneers while your permanent set is being constructed. When it’s time to place your veneers permanently, the professional will remove the temporary ones and shape your teeth to be ready for permanent bonding. They will place the veneers on your teeth, remove any extra adhesive, and finish the procedure. After application, professionals will schedule a follow-up visit for you in a few weeks to ensure everything works well.
Types Of Dental Veneers You Can Get
When you finalize to get dental veneers, you will have two options: resin-based composite and porcelain dental veneers. Let’s look at both these options in detail.
Porcelain dental veneers are strong, thin caps that a professional places on the top and sides of your teeth. To attach them correctly, a professional must remove some enamel (usually half a millimeter) from your tooth before placing them. These veneers can easily match your natural teeth color and even be made whiter to help brighten your smile. It usually takes two to three visits to get them placed, and they can last over 20 years. These veneers are a little more expensive than resin-based composite, but they will not get stained over time and are less likely to fracture or chip.
Resin-based composite veneers are similar to their porcelain counterparts but are much less expensive. These veneers often require less enamel removal and are easier to replace if damaged or broken over time. While they might seem enticing, resin-based composite veneers also have several downfalls. While these veneers cost less, they don’t last as long, sometimes as little as five years. They are also more prone to breakage and staining over time.
Porcelain dental veneers also offer a slightly more natural appearance than resign-based composite. Your choice of veneers will depend on your needs, preferences, and budget. However, if you are having trouble deciding which option fits you best, contact Dr. Mitchell to discuss your questions!
Are You Planning On Getting Veneers? Contact Mitchel Dental Spa For A Professional Consultation Today!
If you are unsatisfied with your smile, contact Mitchel Dental Spa to find out if veneers are the right option for you, taking your oral health history into account. At Mitchell Dental Spa, we have the tools and experience needed to determine whether you are a good candidate for veneers and we offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services that can help you enhance your smile quickly. Our team can help you with all your dental care needs by combining quality services and a relaxing setting. Call us at (312) 642-1014 for more information.