Composite veneers are made of composite resin and can be completely installed during a single appointment.
When a composite veneer is placed, the dentist will buff the tooth slightly, and then apply a special bonding agent, which will help bond the veneer to the tooth.
Once the composite veneer is installed, it will be shaped and polished to provide natural looking results.
Porcelain veneers are made of the same high-quality dental porcelain used to make tooth replacements such as crowns. Veneers made of porcelain have the following advantages:
A porcelain veneer is durable. It will not stain from tobacco, coffee, wine, or other discoloring agents present in food and drinks. The translucent quality of a porcelain veneer mimics the light-reflecting qualities of dental enamel. As a result, the veneer looks natural teeth.
Having a porcelain veneer installed is less invasive and removes a smaller amount of the tooth structure.
When the mockup is ready, you return to the office so we can discuss the design with you. We may even do a demonstration on your teeth with temporary materials, to mimic what the final restoration will look like.
The teeth you are having veneers placed on are then sanded down slightly. The top layer of enamel is removed, so when the veneers are placed it is flush with the rest of your teeth. The level of enamel removed depends on the kind of veneers you’re going with as some are thicker, which means more of the original tooth’s enamel must be removed. It takes a few days to have the veneers produced for your specific teeth.
While we wait for the lab, you will be provided with temporary veneers. They are very thin and must be cared for carefully so that they don’t pop off or break.
Once the porcelain veneers are delivered from the dental laboratory, we schedule another appointment to cement them permanently. We begin by cleaning the tooth. It is very important that your teeth be thoroughly cleaned before applied veneers, as we do not want to trap any bacteria or debris underneath them. We then use a special tool to roughen the surface of the tooth. This allows us to apply the dental cement that will hold the veneer. Once the veneer is placed and properly adjusted, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden it.
Most people benefit most from veneers that cover their front teeth and the teeth that show when they smile. We usually recommend veneers in sets of 2 to help maintain a symmetrical smile.
A veneer’s resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel—with all of its color and shade complexities—is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Our goal is a beautiful, age-appropriate smile that earns you compliments. To achieve this, the typical treatment plan involves optimizing the tooth color of all teeth in the mouth using teeth whitening, replacing unsightly or damaged fillings, and then shaping the teeth for precise impressions that are sent to the lab.
No, porcelain veneers do not stain. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain is not porous, so it is impervious to coffee, tea, red wine and other foods. After five years or so, staining may develop at the edge of the veneer where it meets the tooth.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups your porcelain veneers should last for decades
This is up to you. However, it is generally recommended to consider more than one veneer. Veneers are placed on the front teeth. Despite the best effort to patch the color of your current teeth and the veneer, there is often a slight difference. Plus, over time your teeth will change color and the veneers do not change with teeth whitening. This makes keeping everything the same shade difficult. With all of this in mind, it is often recommended, especially for the top row of teeth, to have at least veneers placed on the front six (if not eight). This keeps everything looking the same and the same shade, although this is completely up to you and your dentist can talk to you about the options.
There is generally no pain. The removal of the enamel doesn’t hurt at all for most. However, if you have any kind of irritation around the base of your teeth (where it comes in contact with the gums) you may experience a small amount of pain for a moment or two. Usually it does not require any anesthesia. However, if you do begin to feel uncomfortable the dentist can provide the anesthesia to remove this numbness and discomfort.
The best way to determine whether you need a crown or a veneer is to schedule a consultation with Sugar Land dentist Dr. Korat to discuss your specific dental needs. In general, dental crown are used to rebuild a tooth that is weak or fractured. Veneers are used for cosmetic purposes to conceal small flaws that don’t compromise the integrity of the tooth. If you have a tooth that is decayed or damaged, you likely need a crown. If you simply do not like the way a tooth looks, a veneer is probably the better option.