A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain placed over a tooth to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. They are bonded onto the tooth's surface but can be removed. At Lutke Dental, veneers are an excellent option for fixing the appearance of teeth that are chipped, worn down, cracked, stained, misaligned, or have gaps between them. They can also improve the look of crooked teeth without having to wear braces.
Veneers are stain resistant, unlike your natural teeth. While you still need to practice excellent oral hygiene habits, you are less likely to deal with staining than if you only had an enamel layer covering your teeth.
Getting veneers is generally minimally invasive and requires minimal tooth preparation compared to other treatments. This means less discomfort and a quicker recovery time.
One of the significant advantages of veneers is the positive impact they can have on your self-confidence. You may feel more confident and comfortable in social and professional situations with an improved smile.
If veneers are deemed suitable, your dentist will create a treatment plan based on your desired outcome. This includes selecting the appropriate veneer material, shade, and shape to match your natural teeth best and achieve the desired aesthetic result. In most cases, a small amount of enamel must be removed from the front surface of the teeth receiving veneers. This is done to accommodate the thickness of the veneers and ensure a natural-looking result. Local anesthesia may minimize any discomfort during the tooth preparation process.
After tooth preparation, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will create precise molds of your teeth, as a basis for fabricating your custom veneers. While your permanent veneers are being crafted at a dental laboratory, temporary veneers may be placed on your prepared teeth. These temporary veneers protect the teeth and preview the expected final result. Once your custom veneers are ready, you will return to the dentist's office for the placement appointment. The dentist will remove the temporary veneers and carefully bond the permanent veneers to your teeth using dental cement. They will ensure proper fit, alignment, and color matching. After the veneers are bonded, your dentist will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and balanced bite. The veneers will be polished to achieve a natural shine and smooth surface.
Get in touch with Lutke Dental at 5045 Lorimar Dr #110, Plano, TX 75093, or call (972) 378-4141 to determine if veneers are the right option for you. Our dentist can assess your oral health, discuss the treatment process and expectations, and provide personalized recommendations to help you achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.