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Dentist explains how veneers work

Stained, chipped, cracked, irregularly shaped, uneven, and misaligned teeth cause patients to rethink their smiles.

Dr. Christopher T. Griffin provides treatments for all of these conditions at his family and general dentistry practice in Greenwood, SC. One procedure patients consider is veneer therapy. Veneers are shells made of porcelain or composite resin cemented to your tooth surface. Dr. Griffin performs this procedure during direct and indirect therapies.

Indirect veneer therapy involves the following stages:

1.) Treatment planning What do you like or dislike about your smile? Now is your opportunity to design the smile you want, and our team is here to help. Dr. Griffin first examines your teeth to decide if veneers are a viable option. If they are, he takes X-rays and photographs of your teeth to aid in designing an esthetic mock up.

2.) Preparation
Dr. Griffin preps your teeth for veneers. He removes half a millimeter or less of the tooth surface, which is equal to the thickness of a porcelain veneer. You may consider a local anesthetic to numb the area during this procedure. Then, he makes a model of your teeth and sends it to the laboratory that will create the veneers. This could take up to three weeks.

3.) Fitting and Bonding
Your veneers are completed. Dr. Griffin temporarily places them onto your teeth to test color and fit. He trims and removes them as needed until they fit precisely. Next, he cleans, polishes, and etches the teeth to prep for the bonding process. The veneers are then cemented to the teeth. Once the cement’s is hardened, he examines your bite and makes final adjustments. The result? You welcome a new smile.

Direct veneer therapy
Unlike the indirect method, you don’t have to wait too long for your veneers, because Dr. Griffin’s not making a model of your teeth and sending it to a lab. Instead, Dr. Griffin performs dental bonding and cements composite resin to your teeth. You achieve the same esthetic as the indirect method.

Follow Dr. Griffin’s advice regarding proper care for the veneers. He may recommend wearing a protective appliance when you sleep if you clench your teeth at night. Patients who properly care for their veneers enjoy them for 10 or more years.

Would you like to explore dental veneers further? Schedule an appointment to talk with us. Call (864) 229-2610.

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