Dental veneers are thin sheaths or shells that fit over the front of the teeth, providing you with a new, enhanced smile. Veneers are made of either a porcelain or composite resin material, depending on your budget and preferences for your smile.
WHY CHOOSE VENEERS?
Dental veneers can instantly fix dental defects such as:
Chips and cracks in the teeth
Stains or discoloration of the tooth enamel
Small gaps between the front teeth
Unevenly shaped teeth
Small or disproportionate teeth
Brighten yellowing smiles
Dr. Nora Balota makes sure to help each patient pick the perfect type and style of veneer to fit your face shape, smile, and budget.
DENTAL VENEER PROCEDURE
There are generally three appointments needed for the entire dental veneer procedure. These appointments are for the treatment plan, the preparation, and the bonding of the veneers.
Once it’s time for the veneers to be placed in your mouth, the teeth will be lightly buffed to allow room for the thickness of the dental veneers, usually around a half a millimeter. After this is done, the procedure will differ between composite resin veneers and porcelain veneers:
If you’ve chosen a composite resin veneer, you can likely be done in a single appointment. Dr. Balota will bond and then sculpt the composite material onto the teeth. Once the material hardens, it will be trimmed and shaped once again until the desired look is achieved. It’s important to us that you’re a part of this process, as we want you to be happy with and confident of your smile.
If you’ve chosen to receive porcelain veneers, a mold will be taken of your teeth once they’re filed down. This mold is then sent to a laboratory, which will create your perfect veneers. Because this process can take several days, you may receive temporary veneers in the meantime.
Once your porcelain veneers have been prepared, Dr. Balota will place them on the teeth to make sure they fit perfectly. When it’s time to apply the veneer, the teeth will be cleaned and special chemicals will be applied to help the veneers bond to the teeth.
There will be an adjustment period before you feel completely comfortable with your new smile. However, you should continue with your oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
To learn more about dental veneers, or to make an appointment with Dr. Balota, please don’t hesitate to contact Balota Family Dentistry at our Colorado Springs, CO dental office. Our dentist serves the local communities of Colorado Springs, Northwest Colorado Springs, West Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and surrounding areas. Find a local dentist near me today!