Dental veneers are extremely thin (but strong) films, shells or moldings that are adhered to teeth in order to improve the appearance of a tooth and protect its underlying structure and material. These tooth-colored dental coverings are typically used to cover the front teeth, and to give you an idea of how the products work, the use of veneers has been compared to adhering acrylic fingernails over natural nails.

These wafer-thin films are used to cosmetically cover a number of aesthetic dental flaws. They are successfully used to hide gaps and misaligned teeth, and improve the appearance of surface imperfections and teeth that are chipped, broken or discolored.

Veneers are made from porcelain or composite materials, and each class of material has its advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain veneers better reflect a tooth’s natural color and sheen, and are more resistive to stains. Composite veneers, however, are thinner and therefore require less removal of the tooth’s surface prior to adhesion.

The process involved in getting dental veneers will typically take three Nogales dentist appointments. The first meeting will be to meet with your dentist to discuss how these tooth coverings may help to address your cosmetic dentistry issues and improve the look of your smile.

The Nogales cosmetic or restorative dentistry specialist will examine your teeth and make recommendations regarding whether this treatment is appropriate and what type of veneers may be right for your needs.

The second appointment will involve preparation for the fabrication and placement of the product. Your dentist will first remove approximately one-half of a millimeter of enamel from the affected teeth to create space for the veneer. After that, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth in order to make a model that will be used to make the veneer.

The next appointment will be to cement the veneer to your teeth. The dentist will test the fit of the film and trim it as needed to attain a proper fit. At this point the color of the tooth covering can be adjusted by the color of the cement used to adhere the film to the teeth, so it can also be used to brighten a smile by lightening tooth color. The veneer is cemented to the teeth and is cured using ultraviolet light.

Dental veneers are not a permanent solution. They typically last between five and ten years, and since they cannot be repaired they must be replaced after that time. Other potential disadvantages to dental veneers include their cost (they are more expensive than dental bonding) and since the procedure requires the removal of dental enamel, involved teeth may be more sensitive to hot and cold liquids and food.

Ultimately the decision of whether to get dental veneers is one you will have to make after careful consultation with your Nogales dentist.

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Related Dental Specialties

Cosmetic dentistry

Restorative dentistry

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Discolored Teeth