To give an overview of the veneer process and ease patient concerns, Dr. Frank Roach dentist provides a walkthrough of the in-office procedure below.
Esteemed dentist Dr. Frank Roach of Atlanta relies on state-of-the-art tools and procedures to meet his patients’ varying needs. He remarks how for years dental professionals have looked to veneers to help patients achieve a beautiful smile.
“People tend to think that receiving veneers is an expensive, complicated procedure, and many wonder about the reliability of such an old tactic,” says Dr. Frank Roach. “But that’s just it; veneers have been a reliable solution for decades because of their simplicity and effectiveness for patients who have cracked teeth, broken teeth, or teeth that are unable to be whitened any further, among other things.”
Veneers are carefully crafted shells that fit over and bond to a patient’s tooth to correct issues in appearance. The coating is extremely thin but durable enough to withstand normal use without having to be fixed or replaced for many years. Today, there are two types of mainstream veneer materials available: porcelain or resin composite, and Dr. Frank Roach says they are both reliable options.
“The procedure is the same for each type of material used,” says Dr. Frank Roach. “All veneer procedures begin the same way; with a consultation from a dental professional who advises patients on potential outcomes and who will look for ways to meet their individual expectations.”
It’s also likely during this consultation that dentists will take X-rays or make impressions of patients’ teeth. This allows them to mold realistic veneers that fit perfectly. During a second visit to the office, Dr. Frank Roach says dental professionals will shape the tooth’s surface to compensate for the extra width of the veneer (which is wafer-thin). The process is very mild, and a local anesthetic is used if dentists believe there will be any discomfort.
Once veneers are received in-office, dentists will fit them to patients’ teeth and look for any adjustments that need to be made, such as position, shape, or color. The tooth will then be cleaned and polished before the veneer is fixed to the tooth and cemented into place. From there, dentists will use light beams to harden the cement before making final adjustments in placement and bite. If needed, they will polish or smooth out any sharp or rough edges so the veneer feels natural.
“Beyond that, patients may need to come in for a checkup to make sure that everything is in order,” says Dr. Frank Roach. “It’s as simple as that, and results can last for five or ten years or more.”