Cosmetic dentistry consists of a variety of dental procedures that have the goal of changing or improving the appearance of a smile. One treatment in cosmetic dentistry is veneers. This treatment is popular because it is versatile. If you have minor imperfections in your smile, consider this dental procedure at Manchester Dental Group in Manchester, VT.
Veneers are thin shells, usually made of porcelain, that is custom-made to fit onto the front of the teeth. After they are placed, they can effectively change the appearance of the teeth. They are used to address issues such as:
It takes two visits to your dentist in Manchester, VT to have dental veneers placed. During the first visit, our dentist will shave down a small amount of tooth enamel on the teeth where the veneers will be placed. This is necessary to create sufficient room for the veneers to fit. This part of the procedure is similar to that of having crowns placed, but because veneers are so much thinner and cover only the front of a tooth, a smaller amount of tooth needs to be removed. Your dentist will then make an impression of the prepared teeth. This information will be sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers will be created. Until the veneers are ready, you will have temporary veneers placed onto the prepared teeth to keep them protected.
After two or three weeks, your veneers should be ready. You will need to return to Manchester Dental Group to have the temporary crowns removed and to have the permanent veneers fixed to the teeth. Your dentist will check your bite and make adjustments to the veneers as needed after they have been put in place. You will leave our office with a noticeably, more beautiful smile.
While veneers are durable, they are not impervious to damage or staining. After they have been placed, it’s recommended that you avoid or limit consuming foods and drinks that are particularly staining, such as coffee or wine. Additionally, try to avoid eating foods that are too hard or crunchy as they can cause damage to the veneers. With good care, you should be able to enjoy your veneers for many years. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.