A dentist may consider veneers if you suffer from tooth damage like chipping, cracking, small fractures, or discolorations. They are fabricated from porcelain or composite resin. A dentist mounts veneers by first shaving down a little of the enamel to ensure the correct fit. The time it takes for the restorations to be mounted may vary based on the prevailing dental issue. It can take a maximum of three weeks for the process to be completed with approximately three visits to the dental office.
It is necessary to take a medical checkup before deciding on any kind of dental treatment. It helps you and the dentist to make the right decision on the treatment that best suits you.
Your general oral health will be checked for any gum disease, tooth decay, and any other dental issues. X-rays are also performed to see if there are hidden dental problems that need to be addressed first. If veneers work for you, then the dentist gets tooth models or impressions to be used in fabricating the veneers. At this point, you will be through with your first appointment.
In this visit, the dentist preps the teeth. The process involves scraping off some enamel to allow the proper fit of the veneers. Permanent veneers usually take like two weeks for them to be made in the lab. During this time, you will be fitted with provisional ones to protect your scraped teeth. This waiting time is what makes the process take longer.
During this last visit to the dentist, the veneers will be placed using adhesive to bond them tightly. Final touches like removing excess adhesive and making slight corrections are done. Within three weeks, you should have the veneers ready and mounted on the teeth. If you feel like you need veneers, contact our dental office for an appointment.