City Creek Dental
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. They are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Dental veneers are usually irreversible because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Porcelain veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
The cost for porcelain veneers varies for each patient and depends on how many teeth need veneers. We believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile, and many patients say that the benefits of veneers outweigh the cost. At City Creek Dental, we provide financing options, and we will work with you and your insurance to create a treatment plan.
Typically, dental veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the porcelain veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
During the final “bonding” visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.
For certain patients, no preparation of the teeth may be necessary.
Veneers are just one of the many cosmetic dental treatments we provide to restore your beautiful smile. We offer teeth whitening, Invisalign and more! Contact our team in Temple, TX, to learn more about dental veneers!
We’ll make the process of paying for your dental care as simple as possible! Our office accepts a wide variety of PPO insurance plans, and we’re always happy to file your claim for you so that you can be sure to receive the maximum benefits available to you. City Creek Dental is in network with Delta Dental, MetLife, United Concordia and more! Call us today to find out how we can maximize your insurance plan!
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