Veneers for your Teeth

(Ceramic Veneers; Porcelain Veneers; Resin-Based Composite Veneers; Acrylic Veneers)

Definition

A dental veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front of the teeth. Veneers are made from ceramic, porcelain, resin-based composite, or acrylic. Custom-made shells are created by dental lab technicians and permanently bonded to the teeth.

Reasons for Procedure

In most cases, dental veneers are an elective dental procedure. This means they are not medically necessary. You might choose to have veneers if you have teeth that are:
Chipped or worn | Discolored Slightly | Crooked or Uneven

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The dentists at Rocklin smiles can and will review potential problems and options, like:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold—This usually goes away after a few days.
  • Veneer may chip or crack—Veneers are strong, but they are also brittle. You should not put excessive strain on them, such as biting your fingernails or chewing ice.
  • Stains or cavities can form under the veneer—Especially if veneers are not fully placed or sealed onto your tooth.

Talk to us about these risks before the procedure. If you grind or clench your teeth, we may recommend a nighttime bite guard to protect your veneers.

  • What you do not like about your teeth, such as discoloration or slight crookedness
  • What you want your teeth to look like
  • Whether you are a candidate for veneers
  • Which kind of veneers are right for you

We will explain every step of the procedure to make sure you are 100% comfortable and understand the entire process. 

Anesthesia

You will have a local anesthetic for some parts of the procedure. This means that the dentist will numb only the part of your mouth that is being worked on.

Description of the Procedure

Depending on the kind of veneer you choose, you may need to make several visits to Rocklin Smiles before your veneers are complete.

To make room for the veneers, the top layer of enamel will be removed from your teeth. You may be given local anesthetic for this step. It may be given as a gel that is rubbed on your gums or as an injection. The dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a dental lab. The lab will make veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days.

At your next visit, a mild chemical will be put on your teeth. This will create a rough surface for the veneer to bond to. The veneers will be carefully attached to your teeth using special cement. In some cases, a light-sensitive resin will be used to attach the veneer. A special light will be used to cure and harden the resin.

How Long Will It Take?

The procedure will take several hours. You may have to wait a few days between visits for your veneers to be created in a dental lab.

Will It Hurt?

You may have some minor pain. You will be given a local anesthetic for some steps of the procedure. Talk to your dentist if your mouth is sore after the procedure. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be advised.

Post-procedure Care

You will be able to leave right after the procedure.

To schedule your consultation give us a call at Rocklin smiles Today 916.624.3119.