Everything You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

Patients seek out cosmetic dentistry because they’re unhappy with the overall appearance of their smile. Many times patients opt for professional teeth whitening treatment. However, porcelain veneers have quickly become one of the most commonly asked for cosmetic procedures in the dental field. Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Jack Haney uses dental veneers to correct a wide variety of issues. He closes gaps, corrects crooked teeth, conceals stains, covers chips, and creates an entirely new appearance for oddly shaped or short teeth. A single procedure can do so much in two simple dental visits.

Want to discuss if dental veneers are right for you? Call 865-693-6886 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Haney in Knoxville, TN.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Each dental veneer is uniquely crafted for each patient. An ultra-thin shell is permanently bonded to the imperfect tooth to provide an alternate appearance. Veneers cover the front portion of the tooth. Dr. Haney refers to this as your smile-zone. These are the teeth that are visible when you smile.

Veneers are crafted from thin porcelain, which resembles the appearance and strength of a natural tooth. Dr. Haney encourages patients to consider all of the factors before deciding to have dental veneers bonded onto flawed teeth. Unlike dental bonding, porcelain veneers are irreversible. On the bright side, this factor means you can expect long lasting results.

Dr. Haney matches the shade of your veneer to surrounding teeth for a cohesive correction. For severely discolored teeth, he creates the veneer in a lighter shade to provide a brighter, more radiant smile. When Dr. Haney chooses the perfect shade of porcelain, he takes many factors into consideration. Your gum shape and color, skin color, smile shape, and lip line will influence his decision.

How Are Dental Veneers Applied?

You can expect two dental visits to complete your porcelain veneer experience. At the first visit, Dr. Haney will remove a thin layer of enamel to prepare the tooth for the veneer. This step helps the veneer lay flat. If there are signs of tooth decay, Dr. Haney will remove bacteria from the affected tooth. Next he uses a shade guide to determine the best shade of porcelain for your veneer. For patients who are concealing a dental stain, he uses a brighter shade. If this doesn’t apply to you, Dr. Haney matches the shade to surrounding teeth so that the veneer doesn’t stand out from the rest of your smile.

Next Dr. Haney will take a dental impression of the affected tooth and surrounding teeth. He uses the impression to fashion the veneer. To wrap up your first visit, Dr. Haney will place a temporary veneer onto the imperfect tooth. This gives patients the chance to see what their finalized veneer will look like and how it will enhance the appearance of their smile.

After a week or two, you will come back for your second (and final) dental visit. Dr. Haney removes the temporary veneer and bonds the permanent one onto your tooth. He uses a strong, durable adhesive to provide a long lasting correction.

After your dental veneer procedure, you can expect an entirely new smile that you’re proud to show off.

Call 865-693-6886 to schedule a cosmetic appointment with Dr. Haney in Knoxville, TN. Our friendly staff looks forward to hearing from you.

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