Veneers are a cosmetic alternative for patients looking to improve the look of their smile. They help cover imperfections like discolored teeth, chipped teeth, gaps, or misshapen teeth. Therefore, veneers change the entire look of a patient’s smile and can help restore confidence. Mai Dentistry helps patients understand their options for dental veneers. That way, they have all the information necessary to decide on whether veneers are the right option.
How Do Veneers Work?
Veneers are thin covers that go over the visible part of your natural teeth. They look just like normal teeth when shaped and fitted correctly to people’s teeth. People typically get veneers when they want to:
- Hide stained teeth that can’t be helped by teeth whitening
- To cover chipped or worn teeth
- To improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- To cover up gaps or uneven spaces between the front teeth
- Reshape teeth to more ideal or aesthetic forms
When Are Veneers Not the Best Option?
If you have teeth with a lot of decay, then veneers may not be the right choice to hide those imperfections. In addition, they may not offer enough protection for the damaged tooth. In that case, your dentist might recommend that you have a crown placed instead.
Other situations that may not be optimal for the placement of veneers include:
- Patients with gaps too large to cover with veneers
- Patients with teeth not mature enough to bond with veneers
- Patients with teeth worn down from grinding
- Patients with too much crowding or teeth misalignment
- Patients with certain unfavorable bite/occlusion
What Are the Steps for Getting Veneers?
Getting veneers involves several steps that start with setting up appointments with Mai Dentistry. First, patients receive a dental exam to determine if they are a candidate for veneers. If not, the Mai Dentistry staff goes over other alternatives.
If the patient is eligible for veneers, the dentist takes molds of your teeth and sends them to an off-site lab to fabricate a model of the final result. Once the patient views the model and approves the look, the dentist prepares their teeth for veneers.
For the procedure, the doctor removes a small layer of enamel to help the veneers fit and bond properly. After that, the patient receives a set of temporary veneers to cover their teeth until they receive their custom-made veneers.
Once the veneers come back from the dental lab, the dentist removes the temporary veneers and places or bonds the permanent veneers over the patient’s teeth. They make sure the veneers fit correctly before cementing them in place.