Looking for a Hollywood Smile? Our award winning Buford Dentist Dr. Nimisha Patel can transform your smile using Dental Veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin layers of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth for the ultimate in natural-looking, esthetic restorations. Commonly used in smile makeovers, veneers are a great solution for the following:
Dental veneers are made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
Procedure for Getting Veneers
- Treatment planning – During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. We may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
- Tooth Preparation – We will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and Dr. Patel will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, we will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for us to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.
- Bonding – Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, Dr. Patel will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. She will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, Dr. Patel will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Dr. Patel may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer’s placement.
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Dental Veneers FAQs
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Veneers normally range in cost from $500 to $1,300 per tooth depending on the scope of your procedure.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers normally last between 5 and 10 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
Do Veneers Require Special Care?
Although dental veneers do not require any special care, we recommend you follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. We also recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods and beverages (for example, coffee, tea, or red wine).
Can Veneers dislodge and Fall Off?
Although extremely rare, veneers can fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not put excessive pressure on your teeth, and don’t bite on hard objects such as: your nails; chew on pencils, ice, etc.
Pros & Cons of Dental Veneers: