Dental veneers can restore your smile by fixing severe teeth stains, addressing damaged teeth (e.g., chips and cracks), lengthening teeth that are too short, and correcting mild teeth misalignments. This review discusses when dental veneers may be the best option to improve your smile and help protect your oral health. It is beneficial to understand when…
Can Dental Veneers Be Used on Top and Bottom Teeth?
Dental veneers are a quick and painless way to cover up imperfections that cannot be corrected by teeth whitening treatments. Not only do veneers cover up permanent stains, but they can also hide chipped and misshapen teeth. Cosmetic dentists also use veneers to create an even smile with teeth that are in proportion to each other.
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that improves the aesthetic of the visible teeth. But does that cover both the top and bottom front teeth?
How dental veneers work
Veneers look and work a lot like artificial nails in that they are wafer-thin. They also stick to the front surface of the tooth with the help of adhesive. Here is how dentists place veneers on teeth:
First, the dentist clears their patient for dental veneers. They proceed to clean the patient’s teeth and remove a thin layer of enamel from target teeth; this abrades the tooth surface and creates room for the veneer. The dentist then takes impressions of their patient’s prepared teeth, and they use the molds to design custom veneers that fit snugly over the problem tooth. With input from the patient, the dentist may make adjustments to the design and the tooth color.
Once the patient is happy with their smile preview, the dentist sends both the design and the impression of the teeth to a dental lab and sends the patient home with temporary restorations. The dental lab uses the design and impression to fabricate a set of custom veneers, which they send to the dentist. On receiving the veneers, the dentist will call their patient and set up an appointment.
During the second procedure, the dentist will remove the temporary restorations and clean the teeth. They will attach the veneers with dental bonding and use a curing light to harden the bonding. Lastly, the dentist will put finishing touches on the veneers — a process that involves smoothing, polishing and other minor adjustments
Some dentists have the skill and equipment to fabricate dental veneers in-office. In such a scenario, the whole process takes place in a single dental visit. Does this process apply to only the top teeth or does it cover the bottom teeth, as well?
Can dental veneers be used on top and bottom teeth?
The long and short of it is: yes. Veneers can improve the look of all front-facing teeth. This means incisors, canines and in rare cases, premolars. A dentist will place veneers on visible teeth that only experience limited stress due to biting and chewing.
If a patient has gaps on their lower dental arch, a dentist will use veneers to increase the size of the lower teeth, effectively closing the gaps. The dentist will also use veneers to cover chipped or crooked teeth on the lower arch. They will add veneers to bottom teeth when they need to create a bright, proportional smile that matches the upper teeth.
Dental veneers are a great way to correct superficial flaws
It is for this reason that our dentist recommends the option to patients who are good candidates. To find out if dental veneers will help you achieve your dream smile, call us today.
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