According to the American Association of Orthodontists, many patients want to get veneers because of their durability and aesthetic quality. With proper care, your veneers can last for at least a decade. You will gain more confidence, and your natural teeth will have more protection. If you want to get veneers, here’s what you must know about the process.
During your first visit, your dental specialist will assess your dentition color, pre-existing condition, and tooth position. Expect to discuss your goals. Only then will you and your specialist discuss the various treatments involved before you get your veneers. Your orthodontist will take photos and complete dental records. The aesthetic and functional goals in getting your veneers need extensive planning. If there’s a need for it, your orthodontist will perform tooth reduction or place implants. These procedures will help realign your teeth well in preparation for your veneers.
Your dental expert will also take an impression of your teeth and gums. This will be the pattern in constructing your temporary and final veneers. Once a dental lab receives your measurements, the creation of your temporary veneers will begin. It is common for dental specialists to work with dental laboratories when it comes to constructing any dental fabrication they need. Because of this, expect to have some wait time. You may get your temporary veneers when your orthodontist starts to prepare your teeth for your final veneers.
As the ceramist in the dental lab constructs your final veneers, expect to wear temporary ones. Take note that you don’t need to wear temporary veneers if you only have up to two teeth to treat. Also, if you have enough enamel on your affected teeth, your orthodontist may skip temporary veneers. Tooth sensitivity is common, especially after tooth reshaping and after your orthodontist attaches your temporary veneers.
Once your permanent veneers are done, you must go back to your orthodontist. During this appointment, your specialist will take out your temporary veneers. Your orthodontist will place your final veneers and evaluate them carefully. If there is a need for color and fit adjustments, the outside dental lab will make the necessary changes. Expect to come back again after a week or so. During your final placement appointment, your orthodontist can bond your final veneers to your teeth.
Take good care of your veneers by:
Having regular dental cleanings and exams.
Avoiding biting into or chewing on hard items.
Refraining from using your veneers to tear open packages.
Using a non-abrasive toothpaste.
Flossing and brushing regularly, especially after drinking colored beverages.
With proper maintenance, your dental veneers can improve the function and appearance of your teeth for years. At Castro Valley Dentistry, we aim to improve your smile safely and comfortably. You can visit our clinic in Castro Valley, California, for an in-person meeting. Please call us at 510-674-0900 for appointment scheduling. We can also answer your questions about our available packages for dental veneers.