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How Do Veneers Work?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment used to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers consist of very thin shells of material which a dentist can attach to the front surface of teeth to change their appearance. They can be made of porcelain laminate or resin. Porcelain veneers are less vulnerable to staining and resemble natural teeth more closely. However, in order to attach porcelain veneers, the dentist will have to remove more of the original tooth. Consult your practitioner of cosmetic dentistry in Alpharetta to find out which material would best suit your particular dental and cosmetic needs. Veneers are custom made to match the patient’s original teeth. They can be used to alter the shape, size, or color of teeth. The process of having veneers fitted has three main stages, which you can learn about with this guide.

Porcelain-veneers

Planning and Consultation

The first step is to visit your dentist to discuss whether veneers would be a suitable treatment option for you. The dentist may also make molds or take X-rays of your teeth so that the veneers can be custom-made to match your natural teeth.

Preparing the Tooth or Teeth

The dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of your tooth and you may be given a local anesthetic. He or she will also make molds or impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental technician’s laboratory, to be used as a model for your custom veneers. The veneers may take one to two weeks to make.

Bonding

The dentist will clean, polish, and etch your tooth or teeth in order to create a rougher surface to which the veneer can easily adhere. Using a special cement, the dentist will attach the veneer to your tooth. Once it is correctly positioned, the dentist will use a light beam to dry the cement. Finally, the dentist will remove any excess cement and check the placement of the veneer.