Dental veneers are the secret behind many radiant Hollywood smiles. These magic shells that your dentist custom-crafts and places over your teeth, instantly transform your grin. Whether it’s covering up stubborn stains, fixing a chipped tooth, or just getting that symmetrical superstar smile, veneers are like the chameleons of dentistry.
Do Veneers Go Over Existing Teeth?
Yes, dental veneers are designed to go over existing teeth. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells usually made from porcelain or composite resin. They are bonded to the front surface of your natural teeth to enhance their visual appeal. The process includes drilling a small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth to accommodate veneers.
This promises a proper fit and a natural look. Veneers can be used to deal with multiple cosmetic concerns, like discoloration, staining, chipped or broken teeth, uneven spacing, and minor misalignments.
Dental Veneers Materials and Crafting Process
Dental veneers can be made from two primary materials: porcelain and composite resin. The process of crafting and applying veneers includes a few simple steps:
- Porcelain Veneers:
- The process starts with a consultation with your dentist to discuss your objectives and figure out if veneers are suitable for you. In preparation for porcelain veneers, a small quantity of enamel is typically removed from the front surface of the teeth to accommodate the veneers.
- Impressions of your teeth are taken in this step to craft accurate molds.
- While the dental laboratory crafts your permanent veneers, the dentist places temporary veneers to safeguard your prepared teeth.
- Seasoned technicians in a dental laboratory craft the veneers based on the impressions. Porcelain veneers are known for their natural appearance and sustainability.
- Once the porcelain veneers are prepared, your dentist examines their shape and color. The veneers are then permanently bonded to the teeth using a powerful dental adhesive.
- Any required modifications are made, and the veneers are smoothed out to ensure a natural and comfortable fit.
- Composite Resin Veneers:
- Similar to porcelain veneers, a consultation is conducted, and a small amount of enamel will be removed to prepare your teeth.
- Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are bonded directly against your teeth. The composite resin material is shaped and molded on the teeth to achieve the desired appearance.
- A special light is used to harden or cure the composite resin.
- The veneers are polished and refined to craft a natural and seamless finish.
Dental veneers either made of porcelain or composite resin, serve the same purpose. They enhance your smile, covering all the stains or misalignments you have. However, the choice of these materials depends on individual preferences, requirements, and the expertise of dental professionals.
Looking forward to achieving that perfect Hollywood smile? You can contact Dr. Sea at Dynamic Dental Solutions. He has completed extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry with years of experience in the field. Dial (281) 837-9090 to book an appointment.