Know Your Teeth – What Are Veneers?

While many of us may have received veneers as part of an oral surgical implementation, we might not know exactly what it is that is going into our mouth. This article does a great job of explaining what and how veneers work and what they accomplish. Also, what kind of preparations are needed on the dentists side to get you ready for implants.

Patients may need up to three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation and bonding.

It’s critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives.

To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a temporary veneer can be placed, at an additional cost.

When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement.

How about maintenance?

For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth that have changed in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, your dentist will ask you to return for a follow-up appointment.

What are realistic expectations?

Veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten self-esteem.


Dr. Grob’s Treatment by Twelve’s™

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The treatment system utilized by Scottsdale Orthodontic Care and pioneered by Dr. Grob is to be featured as the main continuing education article in the November issue of Dentaltown magazine, an international publication reaching over one hundred and fifty thousand dentists worldwide.

Treatment by Twelves™ is the systematic approach to taking care of patients with orthodontic needs that is understandable to patients, parents and dentists.

Utilizing all of the latest and advanced technologies and based on sound scientific research and publications, this system assures that all of the proper care will be delivered in a time and cost efficient manner based on the four biological variables influencing the outcome of orthodontic care.

They are, eruption of the teeth, growth of the jaws, function of the jaw joint and influence of facial musculature and airway.

Care is initiated or delayed based on the number of teeth present in the mouth and the problems present with those teeth.

The teeth to be included are the:

  • The First twelve permanent teeth include the four upper and lower incisors and first permanent molars.
  • The next twelve permanent teeth include the canines and bicuspids.
  • The four twelve-year molars are self-explanatory.

In upcoming blog posts, we will explain what the important issues are during each of the three-time periods.