Dental Veneers Vancouver, WA FAQ
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Questions and Answers about Dental Veneers Vancouver, WA
Q: What are veneers?
A: A dental veneer is a thin covering that is usually made of porcelain and is bonded to the front surface of the teeth.
Q: What are veneers for?
A: Veneers could be used for any of the following reasons:
• For covering discolored teeth, especially if the whitening treatment isn’t suitable
• For straightening mildly misaligned front teeth. Veneers are not used to straighten teeth that are too out of place.
• For reshaping damaged teeth
• For filling up any gaps between the teeth.
Q: When should veneers not be used?
A: Veneers are not ideal for any of the following reasons:
• The patient has a heavy bite
• The patient grinds or clenches their teeth
• The teeth are broken or heavily filled, making a dental crown necessary
• The teeth have very mild damage or defects. In this case, dental bonding is suitable.
• The tooth is extremely discolored that the veneer wouldn’t be able to cover up the dark color.
Q: What’s the veneer procedure?
A: The patient chooses the shade of the veneers. Then, the dentist numbs the patient with local anesthesia. The front surface of the teeth are filed down, so that the veneers could fit right in. The shape of the teeth are then recorded with a mold. The dentist would add in temporary coverings while the final restorations are being made. A dental technician takes the mold and makes the final restorations, which can take up to two weeks. Finally, porcelain is shaped into the veneers. Once the veneers are made, and the patient returns to the office, the dentist will bond the veneers to the front of the teeth that was filed.
Q: Could veneers be done in one day?
Yes. There are some dentists that invested in the CAD/CAM technology that produces the veneers within an hour. Due to the high expense of this technology, this faster treatment is more costly.
Q: How long do veneers last?
A: Veneers can average between 5-10 years, depending on how much the patient maintains and cares for them.
Q: What are the side effects of getting veneers?
A: The main side effect of getting veneers is that the tooth enamel needs to be filed down in order to bond the veneers. This can cause some sensitivity, especially right after the treatment. Another side effect is that once a patient gets veneers, they necessarily have to replace them every 5-10 years.
Dr. Jared Bowyer’s office offers Dental Veneers Vancouver, WA for patients who want to transform their smile.