One of the most popular and effective developments in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are thin, custom made casings that cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are used to correct uneven teeth, worn enamel, discoloration, chipped teeth and irregular spacing. Veneers can give your teeth a more natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance, lasting for many years. In addition, they are stain resistant and soft on gums. In some cases, veneers can even serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.
After a thorough examination of your teeth, which may include X-rays, Dr. Hoover or Dr. Yanda will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Then, he or she will create an impression or digital scan and send it to our laboratory to create the veneer. While the permanent fixtures are being created, your dentist may provide you with temporary veneers. Finally, the veneers are given one last size and color adjustment before they are bonded to your tooth on your second visit.
There is a possibility for veneers to chip or crack, in which case they would need to be replaced. Since enamel is removed in the procedure, the process is irreversible. Because of the lack of enamel, your teeth also may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods upon initial installation. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may be asked to wear a mouthguard when you go to bed. Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep don’t even know it, but your dentist will be able to tell from the wear on your teeth.
As this procedure is elective and primarily cosmetic, most dental insurers will not cover veneers. Veneers can, however, be financed through Care Credit.