Porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular in cosmetic dentistry, as they can completely transform a person’s smile. However, many people have questions about how to prepare their teeth for veneers. In this blog post, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide on preparing your teeth for veneers. We’ll cover everything from the dental veneer procedure to the cost of porcelain veneers, so you’ll be informed and ready to take the first step towards your dream smile.
What are Veneers?
Also known as dental veneers, these are thin shells placed over the teeth’ front to enhance their appearance. They are made of either porcelain or composite resin, which mimics the natural look of your teeth. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discoloured, worn down, chipped, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. They can also reduce the gaps between teeth.
Types of Veneers
There are two main types of veneers; porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are often preferred because they give a natural and authentic look. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory and require tooth preparation, where a thin layer of the tooth enamel is removed to make space for the veneers.
Composite veneers, on the other hand, are made of a composite resin material and require minimal to no tooth preparation.
They are generally less expensive than porcelain veneers but may only last briefly.
Benefits of Veneers
One of the significant benefits of veneers is their versatility. They can correct multiple teeth and cover a single tooth to camouflage a minor flaw. Veneers also require minimal maintenance. They can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth; regular dental check-ups are needed to keep them in excellent condition. Porcelain veneers are extra durable, spanning up to 15 years, and stain-resistant. Finally, veneers produce an instant effect with no downtime so that you can immediately enjoy your new and improved smile.
Cost of Veneers
The cost of veneers varies depending on many factors, such as the number of teeth needing veneers, the type of veneers chosen, the clinic’s location, and the cosmetic dentist’s expertise. As a ballpark figure, traditional porcelain veneers cost around $925 per tooth, while composite veneers can start from $250 per tooth. It is essential to remember that dental veneers are considered cosmetic dentistry procedures and are often not covered by insurance.
Teeth Preparation Process
Removing a Small Amount of Tooth Enamel
The first step in the teeth preparation process for porcelain veneers is removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of the existing teeth. This is done to create space for the veneers. The amount of enamel removed is typically equal to the thickness of the veneer that will be placed.
Impressions and Moulds of Teeth
Once the teeth have been prepared, impressions and moulds are taken. The dental laboratory will use these moulds to create custom porcelain veneers that fit perfectly over the existing teeth. The dental laboratory typically takes a week or two to create the custom veneers.
Temporary Veneers Placement
In the meantime, temporary veneers are placed over the prepared teeth. These temporary veneers are made of composite resin and are designed to protect the teeth and maintain the patient’s appearance while waiting for the custom porcelain veneers. They will also help the patient adjust to the veneers’ feel, so there is no surprise discomfort or difference in feel when the final veneers are placed.
Waiting Period for Permanent Veneers
Once the custom porcelain veneers are complete, the temporary veneers are removed, and dental cement is used to bond the new veneers to the existing teeth. This is a delicate process, and the veneers must be placed accurately and securely. After placement, the veneers may be adjusted slightly for comfort and appearance, and the patient may need to return for a follow-up appointment to ensure the veneers are fitting properly.
Recovery and Aftercare
Post-Procedure Discomfort and Pain Management
Patients may experience mild discomfort and sensitivity in the treated area following the dental veneer procedure. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen. If the pain is severe, contact your dentist, who may prescribe a stronger painkiller. Cold compresses, soft foods and avoiding extreme temperatures can also help with post-procedure discomfort. It’s important to note that the discomfort should only last for a few days, and if it persists, patients should contact their dentist immediately.
Adjusting to New Veneers
After getting veneers fitted, patients need to adjust to their new teeth. The veneers should feel natural and comfortable in the mouth, and patients may experience some difficulty in speaking or eating due to the change. Dentists may recommend exercises to facilitate the adaption to new veneers. Patients should also avoid biting their nails, hard foods, or habits like smoking to prevent damage to veneers. Additionally, patients may feel self-conscious or anxious about their new teeth. This is natural; speaking to a dentist or other professionals can help manage any concerns.
Proper Oral Hygiene and Maintenance
Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to ensuring that dental veneers last for years. Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles. It’s recommended that patients use non-abrasive toothpaste to help preserve their porcelain veneers’ finish.
Patients should also avoid consuming food and drinks that can cause staining, such as coffee, tea, and red wine.
Furthermore, patients should seek regular dental check-ups and cleanings to prevent potential teeth issues and keep their veneers in good condition.
Common Questions and Concerns
1. Will There Be Any Pain During Teeth Preparation?
Before applying veneers, your dentist must prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. This process is necessary to ensure the veneers can bond properly to your teeth and look natural. While it’s normal to feel discomfort during this process, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area and minimise any pain or sensitivity you may feel.
2. How Long Will the Procedure Take?
The length of time it takes to place veneers depends on various factors, such as the number of teeth being treated, the type of veneers used, and the complexity of the case. Generally, the entire process can take two to three appointments over a few weeks.
3. Can Veneers Be Removed or Replaced?
While veneers are intended to be a long-term solution to cosmetic imperfections, they are not permanent and may need to be replaced over time.
The time that veneers last varies from patient to patient, but they typically last anywhere from 10 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance.
If you decide to have your veneers removed, it’s essential to consult with your dentist to ensure that the process is done safely and without causing harm to your natural teeth.
In conclusion, teeth preparation for veneers is crucial in achieving the perfect smile with natural-looking teeth. At Boutique Dental Care, our team of experts is here to provide the highest quality veneer procedure and offer the most suitable options for each patient’s unique case. We use the latest dental cement to ensure your veneers stay in place longer. Contact us today on (02) 9054 5281 for more information and consultation if you’re considering dental veneers. Our cosmetic dentistry team will happily answer any questions and help you achieve your ideal smile.
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