How Veneers are made
Veneers are a popular solution to common cosmetic dental issues. They cover unsightly imperfections in the teeth while preserving much of the original tooth. Many dental patients are curious about how veneers are made. Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary W. Machiko, DMD is happy to answer these questions when seeing patients who want restorative work to improve the appearance of their smiles.
What Are Veneers?
A veneer is a lightweight wafer made of porcelain material that looks like the surface of a tooth. It is designed to lay right on top of your original tooth to give it a more attractive appearance. The dentist must first prepare the tooth (usually preserving much of the original tooth matter). He then uses a bonding cement to place the finished veneer on top. If you prioritize dental and oral health care (including regular visits to the dentist) porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.
The Process of Making Veneers
Permanent veneers are commonly manufactured in a dental laboratory by a specialist who knows how to form the restoration according to the molds taken by Dr. Machiko. The specialist is an artist of sorts who uses the raw material (usually porcelain) to craft a tooth-like wafer. They are often formed by hand with specialized dental tools or technologically advanced cutting machines that create restorations. It usually takes a few weeks for the veneer to be finished and ready for placement in your mouth at the office of your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with temporary tooth coverings.
Are Veneers Your Best Bet?
Countless patients have found their solution to cosmetic dental issues with veneers. They allow you to preserve your original teeth while significantly improving the overall look of your smile. A qualified cosmetic dentist must examine your specific case to see if you can benefit from porcelain veneers, and also to determine how many may be needed. Schedule a consultation appointment with Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary W. Machiko today at http:// www.drmachiko.com, or by calling a friendly receptionist at (412) 367-1319.