Crooked or misaligned teeth can be corrected quickly and easily in most cases with veneers
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain or other composite materials that are attached permanently to the front of the teeth. Although they do add strength, in many cases, they are predominately used to improve esthetics. Different shapes, colors, and positions are usually selected which can greatly enhance ones appearance. This allows Dr. Maclean to close spaces, move tooth positions, and change tooth shades which can greatly improve a smile.
Creating and Fitting Dental Veneers
Veneers are a great option for individuals that are unhappy with their smile and want an immediate fix. Dentitions that involve minor rotations or positional issues, misshapen teeth, premature wear, or have discolorations can usually be fixed with veneers. To create a set of veneers, Dr. MacLean first closely studies the dentition. Tooth shape, size, color, position, strength, health, and bite are all closely evaluated as they greatly influence which teeth will be used and how they will be prepared for the veneers. The teeth are then prepared like a crown, but much more conservatively, until the desired shape is obtained. With porcelain veneers impressions are then taken, either with dental impression material or digitally, and are sent off to a lab with very specific instructions for shape, position, and color. Temporary veneers are then be created while the permanent veneers are being made by the lab. This protects the prepared teeth, holds the teeth in the proper positions, and allows the patient to visualize the finished product. When the veneers are completed by the lab they are carefully inspected by Dr. MacLean to make sure that the fit and esthetics are exact. If everything is perfect then the veneers are cemented in place. Composite veneers are prepared in much the same manner. However instead of taking an impression and sending it to a lab Dr. MacLean makes the veneers chair side.
Dental Veneers - Longevity and Care
Dental veneers are cemented on to natural teeth. If these teeth are not carefully maintained your veneer could develop decay underneath or periodontal problems could arise which may ultimately lead to its failure. Good oral hygiene is important to avoid such a mishap. If properly cared for, dental veneers usually last for more than 15 years.
What is the cost of Dental Veneers?
The cost of a dental veneer varies according to what materials are selected for its fabrication. To have an accurate estimate completed a consultation appointment with Dr. MacLean is needed. At this point your different options can be provided and carefully explained so that you can decide what treatment is best for your needs.