When people are confident in their smile, it shows. They are eager to meet new people and don’t hesitate to expose their teeth in a genuinely warm smile. Unfortunately, you may have a cosmetic issue that prevents you from having this same type of confidence. The most common ones include cracked, chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth. You may place your hand over your mouth as an automatic reflex or smile without showing your teeth and not even realize it. That is no way to live when getting porcelain or composite veneers is so easy.
What to Expect When Dr. Teuscher Applies Your Veneers
A veneer is an extremely thin piece of ceramic that goes over the front of your tooth to disguise minor imperfections. Whether they are constructed from porcelain or composite materials, Dr. Teuscher takes care to match them to the shade of the rest of your teeth as closely as possible. After taking an impression of the tooth receiving the veneer, he sends the mold to our laboratory technicians. It takes approximately two weeks for them to create your customized veneer. If desired, Dr. Teuscher can fit you with a temporary veneer until your permanent one is complete.
You may need to have a small amount of tooth enamel removed in order for the veneer to fit properly. If your dentist did not do this, the treated tooth may stick out further than the rest of your teeth. Removing the tooth enamel is painless and ensures that your treated tooth blends in seamlessly with the others.
Once Dr. Teuscher has received your customized veneer back from the laboratory, a staff member from Two Rivers Dentistry will contact you to schedule your next appointment. At this session, he applies a dental bonding agent to the front of your tooth before placing the veneer over it. The next step is to shine a curing light on your tooth to allow the bonding agent to harden and the veneer to remain in place. You’re ready to show the world your beautiful smile after that.
Ensuring Longevity with Your New Veneer
Your new veneer does not require special care, but it is important to avoid using the tooth to bite into hard foods or engage in habits such as chewing on ice cubes or pen caps. Be sure to follow your regular oral hygiene routine as well. Both porcelain and composite veneers last an average of 10 years with proper care. Most patients choose to have their veneer replaced at that time. Dr. Teuscher will let you know exactly what you can expect at your consultation session.