When Cosmetic Tooth Veneers are A Good Choice

by | Sep 26, 2013 | Dentistry

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A cosmetic tooth veneer is an excellent choice when you have chipped or cracked teeth or your teeth have become stained and tarnished beyond redemption. These issues can be eliminated in just a couple of visits to a cosmetic dentist in Arlington TX.

The differences between veneers, bonding and crowns:

When a tooth has decayed to the point where a root canal is required or a great deal of the tooth’s enamel has been lost, the best solution is a complete crown. Bonding is used to repair minute chips and fissures on the surface of the teeth, the material is a resin which is applied to the tooth surface and then polished, removing the imperfections.

Veneers are wafer thin porcelain covers that are affixed to the front of teeth which are damaged, discolored, worn down or cracked and chipped. These very thin veneer surfaces are bonded to the front of the affected tooth or teeth, they are then shaped by the dentist. The veneer is not detectable and they are very resistant to coffee and tea which normally stain teeth. A tooth veneer is by far the ultimate solution to returning teeth to their original perfection.

How are veneers made and affixed?

On your first visit to the dentist in Arlington Texas, the affected teeth will be prepared for the veneer. Once the preparation has been completed the dentist will take a mold of the teeth which are sent to a laboratory where the veneers are produced. During the time it takes for the permanent veneers to be made, temporaries are put in place. The temporary veneers, although not designed to last for any great length of time will give you an idea of just how lovely your finished teeth will look. It only takes two visits for veneers, the first to prepare and the second to fit the finished veneer to the existing teeth.

If the damage to the teeth is greater than that which can be corrected with a cosmetic veneer, the dentist in Arlington Texas has another cosmetic solution; caps. The cap is extremely strong and takes the place of a veneer when the coverage is more than the veneer can provide. As the tooth is ground down to accept the cap, it is common to experience a little pain at first. Click here for more information.