At Jeanette Thai, DDS, we want you to have a beautiful smile, and veneers are a quick way to achieve that. The treatment is aimed at people with stained, gapped or chipped teeth. However, they are irreversible, so this will be a permanent decision.
Veneers are a thin piece of porcelain that recreates your teeth’s natural appearance and also provides strength and resilience that resembles natural tooth enamel. They are custom made, so they fit your teeth and are then bonded to them in our office.
They are much less intrusive than crowns and braces and can also be used to reduce or eliminate gaps between teeth as well as correct misalignments. They’re also a cosmetic solution for those who want to enhance the brightness of their teeth or improve their smile’s look.
Typically, this process takes between one and two appointments. If we pre-make the veneer, it’ll only be one but to serve you better, we prefer to create the veneer in our laboratory, and that takes two appointments.
When creating the veneer, we’ll clean the tooth and decide which is the correct shade for it. We also take away a very small amount of tooth enamel to make room to place the veneer on your tooth. Once we make the impression of your tooth in the laboratory, a temporary veneer will be placed on it.
Once your permanent veneer is ready, we remove the temporary one and proceed to clean your tooth with water and pumice. Then we etch the veneer, rinse it thoroughly with water and let it air dry. Then we put the adhesive on the preparation and place the cement and the veneer for precise fit and contour.
Then we lightly cure the veneer on all surfaces for 60 seconds to help it get attached to the tooth structure. Finally, we remove any existent excess material and proceed to polish the margins of your veneer.
We often schedule a follow-up visit to make sure everything is still comfortable and in place. If any corrections or additional touch-ups need to be done, this is the perfect time for it. By checking that you are comfortable, we ensure a long-lasting veneer.
Consider limiting your ingestion of stain-inducing foods such as coffee. Other than that, you’ll be looking after them the same way you’ll take care of your natural teeth by brushing them daily, flossing and using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.
At some point, you will need to replace them regardless of how careful you are, but keeping good oral hygiene will make sure they last a long time. Porcelain veneers, which are preferred to correct shape and color issues, tend to last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. However, they can also be quite expensive, which is why it’s important to remember that they will eventually need to be replaced.
To get more information about veneers and schedule your consultation, call the experienced professionals here at Jeanette Thai, DDS at (949) 317-4884 today!