Dental Veneers From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
Do you hesitate to smile in photos? Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? When you are embarrassed about your teeth, it can affect your behavior and your personality. Can you imagine being proud to smile, letting your true self shine? If you have front teeth that are worn down, chipped, oddly shaped, badly stained, different sizes, or have gaps, there is a minimally invasive solution that will give you a balanced and beautiful smile: dental veneers.
What are veneers? Dental veneers are a very versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure. It involves the application of thin shells of porcelain to the front surfaces of teeth that are visible when you smile. They can alter the size, shape, length, and color of a tooth, and even hide minor gaps and alignment issues. Dental Veneers can also be used to add strength to teeth that are worn or cracked. Many patients elect to get a row of teeth covered with veneers at once for a symmetrical and attractive smile.
Veneers are basically a very thin, fingernail thickness piece of porcelain that has been fabricated to fit on the front surface of the patient’s teeth based on our taking an impression or a mold of their teeth and there are a multitude of types of veneers. Sometimes we don’t have to touch the teeth at all before putting the veneers on, more commonly to get a more cosmetic result, we have to do a little bit of a reduction to the tooth so it is typically a two visit procedure. The patient is involved in choosing the level of whiteness and color of the teeth that they want to have done and it is a very meticulous procedure that we have to be very tuned into what the patient is looking for in terms of color, length and closing of spaces in teeth and it is used for a number of different reasons. It is a pretty quick procedure in terms that there are not months and months that go in between and at no time do they go without something cosmetic on their teeth. If they are having porcelain veneers, which is the most common form of veneers these days and the most modern form, they would have temporary covers on their teeth as well that look really, really nice and usually are better than what their teeth looked like when they first came in and then in the second visit, the veneers are actually bonded to the front surface of the teeth and cleaned up so the person can floss between the teeth and maintain their gums in a healthy state and patients have been thrilled with that type of procedure.
At Gentle Dental Care, our Plainville, CT dentist uses e.max veneers, which require minimal enamel removal and preparation. E.max veneers are very thin porcelain or ceramic covers which fit permanently over your natural teeth. They have been proven to be strong, stain-resistant and bacteria-resistant, and can be matched to your natural tooth color or a brighter shade if you wish.
The Dental Veneer Procedure
The process for getting dental veneers requires just a few visits with our Plainville, CT dentist Dr. Thomas Peltzer, starting with a consultation to determine whether veneers are the best cosmetic option to give you the results you are hoping for. X-rays will be taken, and a treatment plan will be discussed.
Your next visit is to prepare your teeth for the veneers. Dr. Peltzer will give you a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort, and buff away a small amount of enamel from your teeth to make room for your dental veneers to fit perfectly. He will make impressions and send a model of your teeth to a lab, where your veneers will be created especially for you. It can take one to two weeks for the veneers to arrive at our office, but we can provide temporary veneers if needed.
When you return, your teeth will be cleaned and etched (to roughen the surface for a stronger bond). A special bonding agent and dental cement is applied to each veneer, and the veneers are placed on each tooth. Dr. Peltzer will shine a special light on your teeth to harden the cement. Finally, excess cement is removed and the veneers get a final shaping for a beautiful smile. We will follow-up with you after a few weeks to make sure your veneers are staying in place without irritating your gums.
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