There are many factors that can cause stained, cracked, and chipped teeth: genes, diet, food and drinks, and even injuries, which means there’s a fair chance you’ll encounter at least one of these factors and get imperfect teeth at some point in your life. Fortunately, aesthetic dental problems can be corrected by dental veneers. Veneers are made from either porcelain or resin composite materials. Because of how they look, the ease of their application, and their versatile use, porcelain veneers are quite popular. When you are getting veneers, these are the steps that Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Lexington, SC will use:
During your first visit, Dr. Pitts will ask you about the type of dental veneers you want to have. A full teeth examination and evaluation is also done to determine which dental veneer treatment is best for you. To make room for the porcelain, Dr. Pitts will scrape off part of your teeth’s enamel. A plaster impression of your teeth will be taken and then sent to a dental laboratory for veneer fabrication. Making veneers can take up to two weeks, during which your teeth may be ultra-sensitive to hot and cold.
At this second visit, Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry checks if the veneer from the laboratory fits your teeth. To make sure the veneer fits right; your dentist will correct irregularities by trimming the veneer as needed. Then you examine the veneers and makes any changes or adjustments that you feel necessary. Be sure that you let Dr. Pitts know of any changes need to be made so he can send the veneers back to the laboratory. This is to prevent the delay in treatment. Be advised though, that changes can mean additional costs.
During your last visit, your teeth will be cleaned and polished. Using an acidic solution, your teeth’s surface is etched and roughened to make sure the veneers attach well to your teeth. A cement-like paste called composite is then applied to your teeth, over which the veneers are placed then properly positioned. Dr. Pitts then beams a special light on the composite to dry and harden it. After the excess bonding cement is removed, your bite is evaluated to see if any adjustments are necessary.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to check how your gums are responding to the treatment. Constant brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits to Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Lexington, SC are important to maintain good oral hygiene. Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, fingernails, and pen tips to prevent damaging the veneers. With proper care, your veneers can last from 10 to 30 years.