Have you ever considered veneers? Read on to learn more about what veneers actually are, how they work and the process Seaside Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida uses with veneers to craft the perfect smile.
FIRST, WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are conservative restorations that cover the front surface of a tooth. While they can improve function, most of the time veneers are used to enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile. Veneers can drastically improve teeth that are misshapen, chipped, discolored, or rotated. They can be made of ceramic or composite material.
“A patient may come to me for a bite issue, and they may not be symptomatic, no muscle pain, no TMJ…but we do a scan and find they’re losing structure because their bite is off. The wear is 10% so they don’t feel like they have short teeth. They need veneers and they need to cosmetically correct it…it’s a proactive approach to put the teeth back into a correct and safe biting pattern to prevent more tooth wear,” said Dr. Ashley Pare.
Veneers are not solely a cosmetic procedure. They can be used to restore worn tooth structure and place the patient back into a proper bite, preventing continued tooth structure loss.
“Whether patients are fully aware of tooth wear or not, we are able to visualize the wear at their comprehensive exam, through our digital iTero scanner, and photos,” says Dr. Pare. “We can see exactly where the wear is coming from and why. Wear continues throughout a lifetime, leading to not only loss of tooth structure, but overall bite and facial dimensions. It can lead to decay, sensitivity, pain, and of course, poor aesthetics.”
HOW LONG DO VENEERS TAKE?
At your first Seaside Dentistry visit, Dr. Paré will take a digital impression of your teeth, as well as photos. From there, Dr. Paré and the dental ceramist will expertly design and sculpt an idealized model of your teeth and overall bite, taking soft tissue (ie. your lips and smile) into consideration. This model will be the basis for your temporary and final veneers.
During your next visit, your teeth are prepared by the dentist, removing any decay and old restorations, to make room to place the veneers over them. Once completed, a second dental digital impression is taken of the prepared teeth, which will be sent to the same lab and combined with the idealized model to craft your final veneers. You will have temporary veneers placed over your teeth until the final ones are ready.
Dr. Paré usually has the patient back a few days after the procedure as a post-op guide to view the temporary teeth and ensure we have the exact design we want in this temporary stage. She takes photos and communicates all necessary changes, in millimeters, back to the ceramist, including all input from the patient regarding the overall esthetics.
That’s how veneers work. After the process, your teeth are restored to optimal shape and function, and your smile will be greatly improved. Check out this amazing veneer transformation:
We hope that you will visit our wonderful team at Seaside Dentistry located in Jupiter, Florida. We would be honored to help you achieve your dental goals and obtain the smile of your dreams.