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Dental veneers are a painless way to correct an imperfect or uneven smile. Patients with crooked, chipped, stained teeth or other dental flaws will see significant improvement with this procedure. Veneers can also improve the shape and size of teeth and correct surface imperfections. Veneers are white protective shells made from either plastic or porcelain and are customized to fit the patient’s teeth.
Veneer application is a specialized procedure and should only be performed by a trained cosmetic dentist.
Before the actual procedure the teeth will need to be prepped for the veneers. A local anesthetic will be used to assure the patient does not feel discomfort. The dentist begins by removing part of the surface enamel, then making an impression of the teeth. The impression is sent to a special laboratory where custom veneers will be created. Temporary veneers will be placed to protect the teeth at a later date.
When the permanent veneers arrive, the cosmetic dentist will clean and polish them so the bonding cement will adhere to the tooth. Next, each tooth is fitted with a veneer and carefully bonded.
- Patients who have healthy teeth and gums are good candidates for veneer application.
Typical Cost Components
Because this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance does not cover the cost. Check with your dentist about the total cost of veneer application and if their practice offers a line of credit or if payment must be made up front.
Recovery and Results
Patients will be given aftercare instructions when they leave the dentist. These include ways to keep the veneers looking new including proper dental care, correcting bad habits such as fingernail biting, and avoiding food/beverages that typically stain teeth such as coffee, red wine and tobacco.
Risks and Complications
Veneers are a relatively painless procedure to perform but the patient may experience tooth sensitivity for a few days. Also, because some teeth may be a different shape or size than they were before, the patient may have a period of adjustment to the way the new teeth feel in their mouth.