What to expect when getting dental veneers

by | Jan 17, 2014 | Dentist, Dentistry

What to expect when getting dental veneers
Dental veneers in New York City are thin porcelain shields that are designed and made to fit on the front surface of a tooth. Once they have been affixed by the cosmetic dentist they are permanent. Dental veneers in New York City will enhance the look of the individual by eliminating stains, chips and broken teeth. To have veneers fitted takes at least two visits to the dentist.

A tooth veneer is a restorative procedure and as is true with all these types of procedures, the first thing after a thorough cleaning is to take an impression. Impressions are taken before the lab has started, during the fitting of the veneers and in some instances, after they have been fitted.

The most important impression is the first one; this impression is used to make a stone replica of the teeth in question. The replica is what is used by the dental laboratory to make the veneers or to make a first impression wax mock-up. As the teeth that will eventually get the veneers need to be prepared by the dentist, usually involving grinding some of the tooth away, the wax mock-up is used to produce a temporary veneer that is worn by the patient until the final product has been produced.

The shade:
Most people get all the teeth that are visible when they smile veneered, this gives the patient the opportunity to choose the look he or she wants by picking a shade. The selected shade is made in co-operation with the dentist who can advise on what looks natural and what doesn’t. When picking the shade of the veneers it is important to take into account the skin tone, this gives natural looking teeth that are still flawless. At times, the dentist will have you actually go to the laboratory that is making the veneers so they can create a custom color that is perfect. The technicians in the lab will custom create a color which not only suits your skin tone but matches well with the teeth that are being left untouched.

During this process the dentist will usually make a set of temporary veneers from acrylic material, these temps are fixed to your teeth with an adhesive that allows them to be removed when the time comes for the permanent veneers to be fitted.

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