Dental veneers: A custom cosmetic dentistry solution

A person’s smile is as unique as his or her fingerprint, so it only makes sense that restorative devices, such as dental veneers, are designed to the specifications of patients. When using dental veneers, DFW cosmetic dentists are able to avoid an unsatisfying cookie-cutter approach by fitting patients with custom-crafted veneers that bring out the best in their smiles.

Cosmetic dentists use veneers to correct a variety of problems. The thin porcelain shells can cover up a chip or a crack in a tooth, realign a slightly crooked stretch of teeth or bring an undersized tooth into the proper proportion.

When evaluating a patient for dental veneers, cosmetic dentists will consider the patient’s specific problem and how veneers can best be used to correct the issue. At that initial planning appointment, the dentist typically will prep the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel—equal in thickness to that of the veneer—from the tooth.

Next, the dentist will take impressions of the patient’s teeth. Those impressions are sent to the dental laboratory where a technician will create the veneers based on the impressions and other relevant information provided by the dentist. The dental lab typically delivers the veneers in a week or two.

Even after your cosmetic dentist has received your veneers from the dental lab, further adjustments can still be made as needed. Before bonding the veneers to the teeth, the dentist can still manipulate their shape and shade. However, it’s essential for the patient to be satisfied with the veneers before they are bonded to the teeth. At that point, no further alterations can be made.

There are further personal cosmetic preferences that patients should consider in the dental veneer placement process. For example, if the patient wants to have the other teeth whitened, this should take place prior to veneer placement to ensure that the veneers match the shade of the natural teeth.

Rest assured that your dental veneers will be tailored to your unique smile, offering you an aesthetic upgrade that still appears quite natural.