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VENEERS

  Veneers are a thin, semi-transparent tooth shaped "shell" that are custom made of porcelain .  They are permanently bonded to your natural teeth which are located in your "smile zone" to enhance their shape, color, length or size. 
They fit your teeth precisely to look completely natural. 

     They are used to: conceal damaged, stained or misshaped surfaces of your teeth .  Veneers are a procedure that will make teeth look completely natural.       

     They are a good choice to improve the appearance of your front teeth's:

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color

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size 

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shape

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appearance. 

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more durable and color stable than bonding

The great thing about veneers is they allow a conservative approach 
to long-lasting, major cosmetic changes

      They can be used to cover a variety of dental conditions that affect the front teeth including:

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Spaces between the teeth, diastemas

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Misshapen or crooked teeth

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Broken or chipped teeth

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Permanently stained or discolored teeth

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Unsightly or stained fillings

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Lighten teeth

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Teeth discolored from medication or age

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Virtually instant orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth

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Can be used to change the shape and color of one tooth or revamp a whole smile

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Used to correct teeth that are worn from grinding

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Placement of veneers
Veneers being placed on Dr. Peterson by Dr. Pieper

     The benefits of veneers as an alternative to a white fillings or crowns is:

  1. Only a small amount of the tooth structure (enamel) is removed (if any) during the procedure.

  2. They provide a more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size or shape.

  3. They can mask undesirable defects such as tetracycline stains, an injury or discolored fillings.

  4. Often no anesthesia is needed.

  5. It gives a natural appearance with little to no discomfort.

  6. They are often a less costly alternative procedure to having crowns.

  7. Porcelain veneers are durable, strong, stain resistant and beautiful. 

  8. Veneers are about 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded to your teeth. They have strength, beauty, and durability.

  9. They last up to 10-15 years

  10. They won't stain

Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel!

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Considerations about the procedure:

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Veneers are an alternative to crowns for front teeth that need a "face lift". As an alternative to a crown it is an excellent choice because a smaller amount of the tooth surface needs to be ground away for the placement of the veneer.   However, it is not indicated when the tooth has had a root canal or a substantial amount of the tooth structure is lost.  

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Veneers are also a good alternative to a composite resin filling which is used only when a small amount of tooth surface needs to be replaced.

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Veneers are NOT a reversible form of treatment.

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You need to have good occlusion (bite) and health teeth before receiving veneers.

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They are best for individuals who want to change the shape of their teeth more than a little bit, as with bonding, but not enough to require a crown.

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Expect some sensitivity to hot and cold because a small amount of protective enamel covering your teeth has been removed.  This will disappear four to six weeks after the veneers have been placed.

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They will need to be replaced between four to ten years from placement depending on our care of them.

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They are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements.

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You will see sight variations in the color of porcelain veneers  because this occurs in natural teeth.  

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The procedure is as follows:

1st visit: This appointment can take between 1-2 hours:

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Your teeth are examined to check the soundness and health of your existing teeth.  Your desires, expectations and color shades are taken. Veneers will be color-matched to your teeth.  It is critical that you take an active role in your smile design. The size and shape of your teeth will be discussed. It is important that you understand the corrective limitations of this procedure.

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Your teeth will be prepared by lightly buffing them to reduce the enamel of your teeth to accommodate the added thickness of the veneer so they can fit over your teeth without sticking out. This includes shortening the incisal (biting) edge and sanding a tiny bit of material off the face of the tooth, usually 1  to 2 millimeter is removed. 

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An impression will than be taken to make an exact replica of your teeth.  This model is sent to a lab where your veneers are hand crafted from strong, natural looking porcelain to custom fit your teeth.  They are also fabricated to meet the color and shape expectations of your teeth.

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Temporary veneers may or may not be placed.

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Except to have some tooth sensitivity, this is normal, it will disappear once the veneer is placed.

2nd visit: This appointment will take one to two hours:

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You may receive local anesthetic depending on the sensitivity of your teeth.

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The temporary veneers will be removed.

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The wafer thin veneer will cover only the face of the tooth.

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The fit of your new veneers will be checked by placing the veneers in water and than on your teeth to check fit and color.  This is a time for you to check the shape and color and see if they meet your expectations.  You must tell your dentist at this point if you want them changed because the color can NOT be changed once they are cemented  to your teeth.

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Your teeth will be cleaned with a mild acid solution. 

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 A tooth-colored, light sensitive liquid bonding adhesive is applied.

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The light dries and hardens this adhesive.

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Your veneers will be polished to blend with your other teeth.  Contact points will be checked so you can keep this area flossed because good home care is important to maintain.

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Once placed, call us if your veneers become uncomfortable, discolored, chipped or loose. 

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Durability 

     Veneers can last for years depending on how well you take care of themTheir durability will be shortened if you use them to bite your nails, open objects with them, or chew on hard things like ice

     Veneers can also chip or peel if not cared for properly, To ensure they will last for years you need to maintain good oral health hygiene and regular dental cleanings and exams twice a year.

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Adjustment Period

    You will go through an adjustment period for about two weeks where you will need to get use to your "new teeth" that have changed in size and shape.

See Home Care Instructions for your new veneers.

Braces vs. Veneers

     Veneers are usually more expensive than braces, but the results are immediate. Veneers can improve the appearance of an overbite or underbite but NOT correct it.  Cost: can be between $800-2,000 per tooth.

     Braces can realign the jaw and correct overbites and underbites, but they take time.  Cost: $4,000-8,000.

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For further information on veneer home care please click on these links:

        Temporary Veneer Home Care

Veneer Home Care

February 06, 2008

Dentalnotes  pg 2, Fall 2002.

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          If you have any questions please e-mail me at: drdpeterson@scottsbluff.net
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