What are veneers and what does the process look like?

Do you want to improve the appearance of your smile practically overnight? Consider veneers!

Veneers are a great option for many people because they allow you to completely transform your smile within a few short visits. Many of our customers ask about veneers and how they work. There are a few simple steps to complete this treatment.

What are veneers?

A veneers treatment involves the placement of a thin ceramic shell that lays over the front surface of your tooth. This shell is placed in order to correct common dental issues including:

  • misaligned teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • spaces between the teeth
  • stains.

Veneers are always custom-made to match your mouth, in order to achieve an optimal appearance after they have been placed. Typically, veneers are made using either resin composite or porcelain materials.  One of the best parts about veneers is their luminous movie-star smile appearance.

Treatment steps for veneers

Typically, two or three visits are required to have your veneers placed. On your initial visit with Centennial cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kathleen Young, she will evaluate your individual situation and put together a plan. This appointment is your opportunity to talk with her about the results that you would like to achieve and for her to address any oral health concerns.

Once you decide to move forward with the treatment, an appointment will be scheduled to prepare the teeth. During this appointment, Dr. Young will remove a small amount from the surface of your teeth, usually about ½ millimeter of thickness. Then an impression is made of the prepared teeth and used by the lab to fabricate the veneers.

After the impression has been sent to the lab, it usually takes 10 – 14 days for the veneers to be made. During this time, you will wear comfortable, high-quality temporary veneers until the permanent veneers can be placed.

Finally, on your last appointment, the veneers are put into place and bonded to your teeth. Before the veneers are bonded, the dentist will adjust the fit as necessary to ensure optimal comfort. The tooth is cleaned and polished, and then cement is used in conjunction with light technology to permanently adhere the veneer to your natural tooth.

Are you ready to transform your smile?

If you’re tired of hiding your smile, then it’s time to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. At Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Centennial, CO, we specialize in veneers and other cosmetic treatments.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation: (303) 759-9535

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