Veneers for your Teeth
(Different types of Veneers: Ceramic Veneers; Porcelain Veneers; Resin-Based Composite Veneers; Acrylic Veneers)
“In dentistry, a veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile or and protect the tooth’s surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. Full veneer crown is described as “A restoration that covers all the coronal tooth surfaces (Mesial, Distal, Facial, Lingual and Occlusal)”. Laminate veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and used for aesthetic purposes.” Source Wikipedia.
Reasons for Procedure
Dental veneers are an elective dental procedure that a patient decides to do on their own. Typically, there is no medical necessity. Some of the reasons a patient might choose to have veneers put on their teeth could include the following:
Crooked or Uneven Teeth | Slightly Discolored Teeth | Worn Down or Chipped Tooth or Teeth
Problems from the procedure are rare, but most medical procedures do have a certain degree of risk attached even if the process is simple. The dentists at South Anchorage Dental Center always provide patients with the pros and cons of all treatments. Things to be aware of…
- After getting veneers there is a slight chance of sensitivity to hot and cold—Typically after a few days this dissipates or goes away entirely.
- On occasion a Veneer may chip or crack. Overall veneers are strong, but they are also known to be brittle. Do not put excessive strain on them, such as biting your fingernails or chewing ice as you could initiate problems with your teeth and the veneers.
- On rare occasions stains and /or cavities can form under the surface. This is particularly the case if the veneers are not fully placed or sealed onto your tooth.
Before you decide to get veneers, please talk to the doctors at SADC about risks before the procedure. If you are a person who is known to clench or grind your teeth, we may recommend that you use a nighttime bite guard to protect your veneers.
Things to be aware of before you decide on getting Veneers.
Ask yourself why are you getting veneers in the first place.
- What do you not like about your teeth now? Things, such as discoloration or crookedness
- So why are you making a change and what do you want your teeth to look like when finished
- Are you even a candidate for veneers? Ask the doctors at SADC.
- Because there are many types what is the best one for your individual circumstances?
At SADC we will thoroughly explain every step of the procedure to make sure you are 100% comfortable and understand the entire process. Knowledge is a great equalizer, so we want to educate you before you make a rash decision.
For some parts of the procedure, you will be a local anesthetic. You will have a local anesthetic for some parts of the procedure. By this, we mean that only the part of your mouth being worked on will get numb.
Description of the Procedure
You may need to make several trips to South Anchorage Dental Center depending on the type of veneer you ultimately choose to use in your mouth.
The top layer of enamel on your teeth will be removed to make room for your new veneers. A local anesthetic may be given to you for this step. More than likely it will be given as a gel that is rubbed on your gums or as an injection. The SADC dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a dental lab. The lab will make veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days or as long as a week being in Alaska.
When you come in for your next visit, a mild chemical will be put on your teeth. The chemical creates a rough surface for the veneer to bond to the teeth. A special cement is used to bond your veneers to your teeth. In particular cases, a light-sensitive resin may be used to attach the veneer. To cure and harden the resin a special light will be used.
How Long Will It Take?
The procedure may take up to several hours depending on the complexity. Also, you may have to come back to our offices while we wait for your new veneers to get back from the manufacturer.
Will It Hurt?
There is a chance that you may have some minor pain. The local anesthetic our offices provide the patient should alleviate most if not all the pain. Talk to your dentist at SADC if your mouth is sore after the procedure. He may be able to provide or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever.
You will be able to leave right after the procedure.
To schedule, your consultation give us a call at South Anchorage Dental Center at 907.248.7275.