Veneers, also called dental veneers or porcelain laminates, are thin shells of porcelain which are bonded to the front of a patient’s teeth. Veneers are used to enhance the shape and color of teeth, to close gaps and improve alignment. Veneers can also be used to lengthen worn or short teeth. The overall purpose for veneers is to improve the appearance of a person’s smile to make them appear younger, healthier and more attractive.
Dr. Loev will have an initial consultation appointment to discuss the patient’s smile objectives. Installation usually requires two visits. At the first visit, the dentist will thoroughly clean and prepare the teeth. He will remove a thin layer of the tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. Casts will be taken of the teeth and gums being treated. The casts are then sent to a lab where the veneers will be made to fit the patient’s mouth exactly. A temporary veneer will be installed while the permanent covering is made. At the second visit, the dentist will attach the veneer to the previously prepared teeth with a composite resin cement. The dentist will make sure the veneer fits properly and will buff and polish until it shines like a natural tooth.
Veneers are a popular dental treatment. They are strong, look natural and can last for a long time with correct care. They dramatically improve a person’s smile by correcting the appearance of the teeth. While being made, the veneers will be tinted to match the patient’s natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are durable and stain resistant. However, this treatment can be costly and may cause increased sensitivity. Dr. Loev has a variety of financing options available to suit every patient’s needs, so money should not be a barrier to improved dental health and appearance. Veneers are a permanent treatment as the patient’s tooth enamel is removed to make room for the veneers to be installed. Dr. Loev will discuss all of the options available as well as the pros and cons to ensure the best treatment is selected.
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