Veneers are extremely thin, yet durable shells that are customized just for your smile. Made of porcelain, the veneers are made of tooth-colored materials that seamlessly cover the surface of your teeth, dramatically improving their appearance. With the help of porcelain veneers, teeth are quickly transformed, with changes that improve the color, shape, size, length, and alignment of each tooth.
Porcelain veneers are among the most common form of veneers. The porcelain material is not only more stain resistant, but porcelain also has light-reflecting properties that make it virtually indiscernible from natural teeth. Click here to view our Smile Gallery, which has many examples of patients’ before and after photos with their new veneers. To find out if veneers are right for you, learn more below and request an appointment with Dr. Moore.
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Should I Get Veneers?
Have you ever wanted a perfect smile, but wanted results without long-term orthodontic care, teeth whitening, and more? Porcelain veneers may be the right choice for you. Porcelain veneers are common among patients who seek to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored, whether from a root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride, or the presence of large resin fillings that have changed the color of the tooth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with significant gaps between them
What are the steps for getting dental veneers?
The procedure for getting dental veneers usually requires at least three trips to Dr. Moore’s office, one for your initial consultation and two to customize and apply your veneers.
Step 1: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
This first visit includes your consultation with Dr. Moore. While Dr. Moore will be examining your smile, you also need to come prepared for this portion. Be ready to explain to Dr. Moore what results you are trying to achieve for your smile, along with any other treatments you have considered.
During this appointment, Dr. Moore will see if veneers are right for you, will discuss the full procedure, and tell you more about life with porcelain veneers. If you are a good candidate for veneers, Dr. Moore may also do some preliminary work like make impressions of your mouth and teeth or take x-rays.
Step 2: Preparation
Once you have been approved for porcelain veneers, it is time to get started! This second appointment will involve preparing the tooth for veneers. Dr. Moore will remove about a half millimeter of enamel – roughly the thickness of the veneer – from the tooth surface. If you choose to do so, Dr. Moore can use a local anesthetic to help numb your teeth during the procedure.
Next, Dr. Moore will take an impression of your teeth. This model will be sent to the dental laboratory, which will construct veneers that are fit exactly for your smile. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for Dr. Moore to receive the final porcelain veneers; until then, you may be able to have temporary veneers put on, if necessary.
Step 3: Bonding
Once your veneers arrive from the lab, Dr. Moore is ready to bond them permanently to your teeth. To prepare your tooth for its veneer, Dr. Moore will clean, polish, and etch the tooth, allowing it to be clean but also roughened a bit to create a strong bond for the veneer.
A bonding cement is applied to the veneer, then the veneer is carefully placed onto your tooth. Once properly positioned, Dr. Moore will apply a light beam to the veneer, which activates the chemicals in the cement to harden very quickly. Finally, Dr. Moore will remove any excess cement, evaluate your bite, and make adjustments to the veneer as necessary. Now, all you have to do is smile: you have beautiful new veneers!
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Now that the veneer process is complete, Dr. Moore may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in the next few weeks to check on you. Dr. Moore will want to see how your gums are responding to the presence of a porcelain veneer, to check the veneer’s placement, and to see how you are doing following the procedure.
Memphis, TN Veneer Specialists
If you are wondering if veneers are right for you, call our office today! Your consultation with Dr. Moore, a leading veneer specialist in the Memphis area, means you are in good hands and will have the best results possible.
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