Porcelain veneers are thin custom-made porcelain facing, that covers the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. The porcelain veneers are made of tooth-colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained. Alternatively, they can be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth.
There are two types of veneers that are commonly used:
Porcelain Veneers tend to be more durable over time. The porcelain veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory and are less resistant to fractures and staining. The properties of the porcelain material mimics the look of a natural tooth.
Composite Resin Veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly placed onto the teeth. The composite resin veneers tend to be less expensive, but are more likely to fracture and stain over time.
When should you consider dental veneers?
-If your teeth are stained or discolored.
-If your teeth are crooked or misshapen.
-If your teeth have spaces between them.
-If your teeth are broken or chipped.
How its done:
Two visits to Baum Family Dentistry are typically required for porcelain veneers. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. First, your teeth are prepared to be fitted with a porcelain veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth, so the porcelain veneer can be bonded to the outer portion of the tooth. Second, an impression is taken of your teeth or tooth which will be sent to a laboratory to fabricate the porcelain veneer. Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the porcelain veneer is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new porcelain veneer, fabricated by a dental laboratory, will be checked for color, size, and shape. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and Dr. Baum, are satisfied with the look and feel of the porcelain veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.
If you are interested in Porcelain Veneers, please contact Baum Family Dentistry, at (402) 486-4050 for a free consultation.
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