Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells typically made of porcelain or composite resin bonded to the teeth' front surface to enhance their appearance. At Inverness Smiles: John Aiken, DMD, veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry solution for concealing imperfections such as stains, chips, gaps, or misalignments, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are the most popular and widely used type. They are custom-made, highly durable, and known for their natural appearance. Porcelain veneers resist stains and can last many years, making them a long-term cosmetic solution.
Composite veneers are made from a tooth-colored resin material. They are applied directly to the teeth and are more affordable than porcelain veneers. Composite veneers in Birmingham, AL, can be completed in a single dental visit, but porcelain may be less stain-resistant and less durable than porcelain.
Lumineers is a brand of ultra-thin, no-prep veneers made from porcelain. They require minimal to no tooth enamel removal, making them reversible. Lumineers can provide a natural appearance and are often used when preserving tooth structure is a priority.
The process begins with an initial consultation with a dentist or cosmetic specialist. During this visit, you will discuss your goals, concerns, and the type of veneer that may suit your needs. The dentist will conduct a thorough examination and may take X-rays to assess your dental health. To prepare your teeth for veneers, a small amount of enamel is usually removed from the front surface of the teeth. This creates space for the veneers and ensures a proper fit. After tooth preparation, impressions of your teeth are taken. These impressions create custom veneers that fit perfectly over the prepared teeth.
While the permanent veneers are being crafted in a dental lab, temporary veneers may be placed to protect the prepared teeth and maintain your appearance. The impressions and treatment plan are sent to a dental laboratory where skilled technicians create the custom veneers. This process may take a few weeks. Once the permanent veneers are ready, they are carefully bonded to your teeth using dental cement. The dentist in Birmingham, AL, will ensure that the veneers are correctly aligned, and the color matches your natural teeth.
After placement, the veneers are trimmed and polished to achieve the desired shape and shine, providing a natural and attractive appearance. Our dentist may make final adjustments to ensure the veneers fit comfortably and function well in your bite.
If you're considering dental veneers to transform your smile, visit Inverness Smiles: John Aiken, DMD, at 5291 Valleydale Rd Suite 129, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 995-3989. With dental veneers, you can achieve a natural, lasting, and aesthetically pleasing smile makeover.