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What Is the Dental Restoration Process for Veneers?
Dental restorations are a great way to improve oral health and the way the smile appears. One of the most common dental restoration options is dental veneer placement. According to WebMD, dental veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned and even severely gapped, all of which classify as a dental restoration.
About dental restorations
Dental restoration options include direct and indirect restorations, with the difference being direct options are performed in the patient’s mouth and indirect options are created outside of the mouth and then placed in the mouth. A direct restoration example is a dental filling. An indirect restoration example would be dental veneers.
How veneers are placed
According to the American Dental Association, dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth and can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues. There is a total of five steps that make up the veneer placement process, all of which are typically completed in two dentist appointments.
Step #1 – Preparing the teeth. The first step in the veneer placement process is having a dental professional prepare the teeth. This requires them to remove a small amount of the tooth's enamel, which is often taken from the front as well as the sides of the teeth. This removal of enamel not only allows the veneers to properly stay on the tooth, but it also makes the necessary room so that the veneers will look completely natural.
Step #2 – Making an impression. The dental professional will then take an impression of the patient's teeth, as this allows the veneers to be custom made for them. Being custom made is important, as this allows for the most natural look, which is what patients are looking for.
Step #3 – Creating the veneers. The impression is sent to an outside laboratory so they can make the dental veneers for the patient. While this part of the process tends to take only a few days to complete, it is possible for it to take up to a couple of weeks. In the meantime, dental patients can wear temporary dental veneers until their permanent ones are completed.
Step #4 – Placement of the veneers. Once the veneers are completed, the patient will come in for their second dental visit in order to have the veneers placed on their teeth. The dentist will carefully place the veneers on the patient's teeth, making sure that the fit and shape is exactly how it is supposed to be. After any adjustments have been figured out, the patient will undergo a cleaning and then have the veneers bonded to their teeth.
Step #5 – Final adjustments. The fifth and last step of the placing dental veneers process includes making any further adjustments. While not everyone who undergoes this dental restoration process will need additional adjustments, some will. If adjustments are not necessary, the dental restoration will be complete.
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A common dental restoration option is dental veneers, as they can cover up and repair many different types of dental problems. Now that the above information has been read, those who are in need of one or more dental restorations can decide whether or not dental veneers are right for them. Any questions for our dental team? Reach out today to learn more or to get started!
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