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What Are CEREC Veneers?
Did you know you can get CEREC® veneers in a single visit? In the past, you would have to go to the dentist twice to get veneers. With CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), your dentist will prepare your teeth, create the veneers and place the restorations in the same visit. The length of the process depends on how many veneers you need, but you might be done in as little as two hours. Learn more about CEREC veneers.
Facts about CEREC veneers
Veneers are used to treat cosmetic flaws such as gaps and chips. Veneers can also be placed over discolored teeth to make the teeth look white again. Patients who choose to get traditional veneers need to make at least two appointments with the dentist. These patients are fitted with temporary veneers during the first appointment and get the permanent veneers during the second appointment. Those who get CEREC veneers only need a single appointment and do not have to wear temporary veneers.
The CEREC veneer procedure begins with a consultation. Then, the dentist takes a three-dimensional image of the teeth that require veneers. The three-dimensional images are sent to a computer where the dentist makes a model. The dentist also chooses the color of the veneers during this process. Then, the model goes to a milling machine, and the veneers are fabricated out of a block of porcelain.
The dentist then prepares the teeth for the veneers. After etching some of the enamel, the dentist bonds the veneers to the teeth. The veneers are polished, so they match the existing teeth. Patients are sent home once the veneers are fitted and polished.
How long do CEREC veneers last?
Like other dental restorations, veneers are not permanent. The restorations can fail and require replacement after a period of time. However, CEREC veneers can last for up to 30 years and typically last at least 10 years. People can make the veneers last longer by avoiding biting into hard objects such as ice. People also should not chew gum or other sticky foods. Sticky foods can cause the material to wear down, making the veneers more susceptible to staining.
Also, proper oral hygiene is needed for the veneers to last. Veneers are brushed and flossed like normal teeth. Patients also need to go to the dentist two times a year to have the teeth and veneers professionally cleaned. During the visit, the dentist will examine the veneers to ensure they are in good shape.
Getting same-day veneers
If you want CEREC veneers, begin by consulting with your dentist. If you are a good candidate, your dentist will take three-dimensional scans of the teeth that you want to be treated. The dentist will turn the scans into a model, and then a milling machine will fabricate your veneers. Take care of your veneers after you leave so they can last decades. Then, you can have a bright smile for years to come.
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