Dr. Stephen A. Price


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What are Veneers?

Veneer installation is one of the many treatments offered by Dr. Price in his Burke clinic.  A veneer is a thin layer of dental material that is laminated over the tooth’s surface.  To improve the appearance of a tooth, the dentist attaches a shell structure made of tooth-like material.  Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth and the doctor adjusts the color, shape, size and length of the tooth to match the adjacent teeth.  This would be a recommended measure to protect the tooth to prevent any further damage.  Veneers are a good alternative to crowns and provide a much more conservative approach in masking your tooth imperfections.

A resin composite veneer is built directly inside the mouth or can be fabricated in a dental laboratory by your dentist’s technician.  This type of veneer is thinner and does not require as much tooth structure to be removed to prepare for its attachment.

A porcelain veneer, on the other hand, can only be fabricated by a technician.  It is a good cosmetic dental treatment that can restore strength and beauty to imperfect teeth.  This type of veneer is more stain resistant.

What is a Veneer treatment procedure like?

Dr. Price of Burke recommends consulting with your dentist to determine the best dental solution for your dental worries.  As preparation for getting your dental veneers, your dentist will take dental x-rays and tooth impressions to make an educated decision as to what would be the best treatment plan for you.  He will then prepare your tooth for the bonding of the veneer.  He will remove a part of the tooth enamel after numbing the area.  He will make a model of your tooth that will serve as a guide for the technician who will be making your veneer.  On the average, the technician will need about 1 or 2 weeks to finish the veneer and your dentist will be providing a temporary veneer for you to use until the permanent one is ready.

Once the veneer is ready, your dentist will be scheduling your 2nd appointment for the bonding of the veneer.  Your dentist will make sure that the color and shape of the veneer matches your tooth before proceeding to attaching it permanently.  After achieving a comfortable fit, your dentist will prepare your tooth by etching and polishing it to make sure that the veneer bonds properly.  Dental cement is used to attach the veneer and a light beam will be used to harden it.  Follow up check-ups will be scheduled by your doctor to check on the veneer and to see if any adjustments are necessary.




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