Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are placed onto the front of teeth to change their appearance. They are often used to address issues such as chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth. Just one veneer can be placed in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but patients in Berkeley can get as many as six to eight veneers placed (typically on the top front teeth) at Berkeley Smiles in order to create an even, symmetrical smile.
After a preliminary appointment with your dentist, during which you will discuss your goals and options, you will have x-rays taken to evaluate the health of your teeth. Your dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or the need for root canals, which may prevent you from having the veneers placed.
To begin the procedure for placing the veneers, you will have about half a millimeter of your tooth trimmed off to make room for the veneer. The advantage of veneers over dental crowns is that less tooth material needs to be removed. Once the tooth has been sufficiently reduced in size, an impression will be taken of it. A dental laboratory will use this impression to create the veneer, which usually takes one to two weeks.
During a second appointment, your dentist will place the completed veneer onto the treated tooth to check the fit, shape, and coloration. Your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and etched to help the veneer bond better to it. The veneer will then be fixed to the tooth using a dental cement and cured (hardened) using a special ultraviolet light.
Having veneers placed does not require a recovery time as long as some other cosmetic treatments. You can basically use your teeth as normal shortly after the procedure and any anesthetics have worn off. Veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years; you can take steps to extend their lifetime, including:
To improve the appearance of your teeth or to learn more about dental veneers in Berkeley, contact Berkeley Smiles of Berkeley today.