Veneers may be recommended when teeth are/have discolored due to:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Excessive fluoride
- Tetracycline stain
- Root canal treated
- Worn down
Dental veneers can be used to correct the issue. Dental veneers are tooth colored material that get bonded to teeth. First, the dentist needs to identify if the patient is a good candidate for veneers based on their occlusion and alignment. In some cases, the patient is referred to an orthodontist to evaluate the occlusion and spacing of the teeth. Second, the dentist will prepare the tooth structure by removing about .5 mm of the enamel. In some cases, the patient does not need to be anesthetized. The dentist will place temporary veneers on the patient and sends the impression of the teeth to the lab on the same appointment. The lab usually takes between 1 to 2 weeks to prepare the veneers.
The next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and replace them with the fabricated veneers by the lab.
Some patients that grind their teeth, clench their teeth, have periodontal disease, or severe decay are not a good candidate for veneers.
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