Dental veneers are a cosmetic and restorative procedure designed to help patients achieve the smile they desire by covering minor imperfections. Many individuals are self-conscious about their smiles, so the staff at Lee Family Dental Care are dedicated to ensuring patients receive the look they want by offering these veneers in Worcester, MA.
A dental veneer is a thin shield or shell that are placed over the front teeth. The veneer is typically made of porcelain or a composite resin and is often one-eighth millimeter thick. Veneers have numerous practical benefits, including helping shield sensitive enamel and providing a durable layer of protection from plaque and tartar. They also fix minor cosmetic imperfections or areas of unevenness that patients are self-conscious about. People often request veneers to correct the following:
Individuals interested in veneers need to make an appointment with our dentist for an exam and consultation. The exam will be a visual and tactile inspection of the teeth and gums. The dentist will use a variety of tools during this exam. X-rays might also be done to check on the current alignment of the jaws and to search for pockets of decay inside the teeth.
If your teeth are deemed healthy, then the process of creating and receiving veneers is started. Our dentist will numb your mouth and remove some enamel from the teeth receiving the veneers. This is to ensure the veneers do not change your bite and have room to sit.
Once the enamel is removed, a mold is made of your teeth. Our dentist might then apply temporary veneers to protect your teeth while the permanent model is made. The creation process can take up to two weeks.
Once the permanent veneers are ready, you return for a second appointment. Final changes are made to the veneers, and they are then bonded to the teeth. When cared for, veneers can last for 20 years.