Procedure & Post Op. Care
Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials placed over the front surface of teeth to improve tooth appearance. Veneers are ideal for teeth that are too small, too big, or have uneven surfaces. It is very common for people to have imperfect teeth, either oddly shaped teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, teeth with small holes in them, or an inappropriate sized tooth or teeth that have an odd appearance. Veneers solve such irregularities and create a durable and pleasing smile.
Benefits of Veneers
- Typically veneers are difficult to stain and durable
- Corrects the alignment of teeth “instant braces”
- Brightens your smile and improve self-esteem
- Has translucence and texture similar natural enamel
- Closes gaps between teeth
- Lengthens and reshape teeth
- Repairs chipped, broken, worn down or misshapen teeth
- Covers tetracycline stains and other discolorations such as fluorosis, presence of large resin fillings
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
- Color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter
- Does not require extensive shaping that crowns do and is a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to bonding
Procedure for Dental Veneers
- First evaluation
A comprehensive cosmetic evaluation of the teeth includes photographs of teeth, smile, full face and profile Impressions are taken for a wax up of the veneers this is will provide a snap shot of new length, shape and contour of the teeth
- Review of wax up
Records are approved with the patient to determine the color, bite, length and shape of the veneer
- Veneer tooth preparation
Local anesthesia is first administered at the region of veneer tooth preparation
The natural teeth is reshaped to receive the porcelain veneer
An impression is taken for a replica model of the teeth
This model is sent to a lab where the individualized veneer is fabricated
Temporary veneers are placed whilst the permanent veneers are made.CARE OF TEMPORARY VENEERS
The temporary veneers are made specifically so that they can be removed easily at the time of delivering the final restoration.
All possibilities and eventualities can be treated by calling ORA Dentistry Spa; our representatives are also able to assist after business hours at 310-980-9322.
- Fitting of veneer
The temporary veneer is removed
The permanent veneer is fitted and cemented into place on the teeth
A quality assurance check is done for any re-adjustments or re-works of the dental veneer
Both the preparation and placement of the temporary veneers as well as the bonding of the permanent veneers may cause some minor tenderness in the area. Some individuals may experience sensitivity in teeth. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks.
Post-care Instructions for Veneers
- Avoid chewing on or eating hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented
- To help with discomfort or swelling rinse your mouth 3 times a day with warm salt water. (1tsp. of salt in 8oz of water)
- Keep veneer area clean to maintain tissue compatibility
- Some sensitivity in teeth may be experienced by certain patients. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks. If teeth are sensitive
- Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
- Pain medication be taken as directed as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history
- Use fluoride rinse and toothpaste for sensitive teeth
- Apply MI paste to teeth
- Soak teeth with Relief gel, in custom made trays
Care for the Veneers
Veneers require the same regular and consistent home and professional dental care, as your natural teeth to prevent decay at the tooth-veneer junction. To provide optimum longevity for your restorations, please follow the home care tips below:
- Brush after eating and before bedtime around the crown with a soft toothbrush, especially where the veneer meets the gum line. At the gum line harmful bacteria can be harbored to cause decay and gum disease.
- Floss at least once to twice a day. Use the proxy brush or floss thereafter to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. Buildup of food debris and plaque on your teeth and gums can become infected.
- Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
- Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, very dry crackers and tough food in this area
- Attend all regular professional check-ups and cleanings scheduled by ORA Dentistry Spa Staff.
- Patients that grind their teeth at night MUST wear a night guard, to prevent damage to the veneers.