dental exam - Chapel Hill NC
dental exam – Chapel Hill NC dentist Fred Lehmann

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This treatment needs little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal selection for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.

Why a veneer?

Veneers can mask unfavorable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are perfect for masking stained fillings in front teeth. Clients with gaps in between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn might consider veneers.

What happens throughout the procedure?

Clients could need up to three visits for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment bonding, planning and preparation.

It’s vital that you take an active role in the smile design. Hang around in the planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one assessment, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dental practitioner comprehends your objectives.

To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly rubbed to enable the little added thickness of the veneer. Generally, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which could require an anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are usually done in one appointment. After the tooth is ready, Dr. Lehmann carefully bonds and shapes the composite product onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent out to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This could take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a short-term veneer can be put, at an added expense.

When your ceramic veneers prepare, Dr. Lehmann puts each veneer on the teeth to inspect their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are leaning on your teeth, see the outcomes, and pay specific focus on the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be utilized. The color can not be changed after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with particular chemicals to achieve a bond. Once an unique cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement.

How about upkeep?

For about a week or more, you will go with a period of adjustment as you get used to your “brand-new” teeth that have actually altered in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or 2 weeks, Dr. Lehmann will ask you to return for a follow-up consultation.

What are practical expectations?

Veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not ideal replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of veneers upon close examination, as this happens even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can substantially boost your smile and can heighten self-esteem.