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Are Veneers Right for You?

Rick Dawson D.D.S. LLC | Salisbury Family Dentistry

Modern dental procedures are working to transform people’s lives with services such as veneers, smile makeovers and more. If you live in the Salisbury, Maryland area and have stained, cracked, chipped or that have other imperfections then veneers may be right for you. If you have ever considered how porcelain veneers for your teeth, you may wonder what to expect from the procedure.

Your First Appointment

In most cases, you will need to schedule several hours for your very first appointment and there are some dentists that suggest bringing along magazine clippings or photos of what you want your smile to look like. Prior to considering you for dental veneers, your dentist will give you a full and extensive oral exam to determine your current oral health. After the exam, your dentist will discuss the options for the shape and color of the veneers. When your dentist creates your veneers, they will take into consideration the measurements of your face, your facial symmetry and skin tone.

Preparing the Teeth for Veneers

In some cases, during your first appointment for veneers, we will buff your teeth gently in order to remove one or two millimeters of the enamel to prepare the surfaces for the new veneers. This tooth reduction will provide a flat surface for the veneers that will ensure that they are in line with the teeth that are surrounding them. It may also be required to have the existing teeth reshaped to achieve the look that you want.

When you visit the offices of Dr. Rick Dawson, he will take an impression of your mouth, in its current state and then send it to the lab. Prior to leaving the dental chair you will have a set of temporary veneers placed. You may notice some sensitivity until your permanent veneers are applied.

Creating the Veneers

After your initial appointment, your dentist will then order the veneers for your teeth from a dental lab. A ceramist will then handcraft your porcelain veneers from materials that will imitate the function and the look of your natural teeth. Once the veneers are completed, they will be sent back to your dentist.

Placement of Veneers

Your dentist may use local anesthetic in order to ensure that there is no discomfort felt during the placement of the veneers. The temporary set of veneers will be removed and the dentist will check to see how the permanent set fits on your teeth. You can inspect the fit, color and shape before they set is attached. If any adjustments are necessary you need to let your dentist know, since the veneers are not able to be altered once they have been placed.

Once you are satisfied with the look of the veneers, your dentist will bond them to your teeth. This is done by cleaning the surface with a mild solution and then using the bonding material to adhere the veneers. It is important to care for your veneers just as you would your other teeth.

If veneers sound like they could help to improve your smile, contact Dr. Rick Dawson right away as we are the few veneer dentists in Salisbury.

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  • Monday 8am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 8am - 5pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 8am - 5pm
  • Friday 8am - 5pm

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"Thank you Dr Dawson for understanding my fears and always being so patient and kind! There is not another dentist in the world I would go to other than you!" M. Wheatley