Veneers are a thin shell of durable porcelain that are custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth and give you a straight, beautiful smile. During the procedure, Dr. Packard removes a small amount of enamel in order to attach the veneers permanently to your teeth. The result is a smile you can be proud of that is free of chips, gaps, and other common imperfections.
Since veneers cover a variety of cosmetic issues, the cost depends on the extremity of the case and can vary. At Precision Dental, we offer resources for our patients to make sure that your dental care stays within your budget. We are committed to providing compassionate care in Bowling Green, and part of our service is making sure that money never comes between our patients and their dental health.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic option because they can cover such a wide variety of cosmetic issues. If you are dealing with chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth, this permanent option may be right for you. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, this treatment is good for patients who may be afraid of dental surgery or needles. Call us today to set up a consultation with Dr. Packard!
Veneers are very safe, and have no serious side effects or complications. After your teeth are trimmed and your veneers have been placed, you may experience some minor tooth sensitivity. However, this is not a serious issue, and it will fade over time as you get used to your new veneers. Dr. Bryan Packard is experienced in the placement of veneers, and can ensure that the entire process goes smoothly.
No. Veneers are not designed to be removed at any point. For all intents and purposes, this cosmetic treatment is irreversible and should be considered to be permanent. You will need to continue wearing your veneers for the rest of your life.
This is due to the fact that some of your natural enamel must be removed when preparing for veneers. Dr. Packard will usually need to remove about 0.5mm-0.7mm of enamel from each tooth that is getting a veneer. This is done to provide the veneer with a strong, clean surface on which it can be attached, and to ensure that the veneers do not add any excess bulk to your teeth, which could affect how your bite fits together.
Once your veneers have been attached to your teeth, your smile will be just as strong as it was before your teeth were trimmed. However, if you were to remove your veneers, your teeth would be much weaker. Your enamel would be much thinner, and more susceptible to tooth decay and damage.
For this reason, you should only commit to getting veneers if you’re comfortable with wearing them for the rest of your life. If any of your veneers are damaged or break, they will need to be replaced and restored to maintain your oral health. If you don’t like the idea of permanent cosmetic treatment, an alternative to veneers like dental bonding may be a better option for you.
The process starts with a consultation at Precision Dental in Bowling Green. Your teeth will be trimmed to accommodate your veneers. Then, Dr. Bryan Packard will take impressions of your teeth using dental putty. These impressions, along with a smile mockup, notes about your case, and other information will be sent to a dental lab. At this lab, your veneers will be made by a qualified, experienced technician.
The technician will create a series of molds shaped like your natural teeth, which are designed to create a wafer-thin shell of porcelain that fits over your teeth perfectly, and restores their shape and color. Once the molds have been built, they will be filled with a ceramic porcelain material, which will set into the final shape of your veneers.
Your veneers will usually be sent to our office within 2-3 weeks of your first appointment at our office. Then, Dr. Bryan Packard will check the fit and finish of your veneers to make sure they look perfect. If everything looks good, your veneers will be attached right away.
Note that in some cases, you may need to have a set of wax or plastic veneers made first, so that they can be tried on in our office. Then, we can make adjustments and finalize the design, and create your final set of porcelain veneers.