If you are looking to undergo a smile makeover, it’s important to consider getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thing shells of special ceramic material that are able to enhance a smile and leave it looking as perfect as possible. Porcelain veneers are so versatile that they can be used to mask teeth that are chipped, teeth that are cracked, teeth that are severely stained, and teeth that are slightly crooked or misaligned. It’s because of this versatility that people visit Oak Ridge, TN area cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger to help enhance their smiles.
Now, a lot of people know generally what porcelain veneers can do, but they are not sure about the process by which porcelain veneers are placed. Let’s briefly take a look at the porcelain veneers process to see what it entails.
The first step of getting porcelain veneers is finding out if they are the right solution for you and your needs. As versatile as they are, porcelain veneers are not the best option for everybody. If you teeth are severely damaged, a dental crown may be a better option than a porcelain veneer. For surface tooth stains, you may be best served by getting a dental bleaching rather than dental veneers. And if your teeth are very crooked, orthodontic treatment would be better than veneers. On top of this, if you have teeth that are very brittle or unhealthy, porcelain veneers aren’t a good option.
If you are deemed a candidate for Oak Ridge, TN porcelain veneers, then the next step begins. A small amount of enamel will be removed from the surface of the tooth. This is roughly one-half of a millimeter. In order to limit any pain or sensitivity during this process, local anesthetic will be used. We will then take an impression of your tooth or teeth which will be used to precisely craft the porcelain veneers. Since the crafting of porcelain veneers will take up to two weeks, temporary porcelain veneers will be placed in the meantime. Once the permanent veneers are ready, your dentist will fix them in place.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers are your many available treatment options for an enhanced smiles, contact our Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentistry office today.