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Composite veneers can transform a smile, correcting multiple cosmetic issues all at once. If you have stained, chipped, crooked, or gapped teeth, composite veneers can hide these imperfections, providing you with a gorgeous smile. But, how is it exactly that something as thin as a composite veneer can magically transform a smile?

What are composite veneers?

Composite veneers are thin shells that are designed to fit directly over the front surface of your teeth, or tooth if only one is being treated. The composite material will blend in with your other teeth for a completely natural look.

Planning for your composite veneers

Patients often wonder how many veneers are necessary to achieve their desired look. The answer to that question is that it depends on your smile needs. If you have only one tooth that needs to be transformed, we can easily treat just one single tooth. If you have a gap between two teeth, it is likely that only two veneers will be needed.

However, there are many cases in which a patient desires an extensive transformation, repairing multiple teeth. In these cases, several or more veneers may be needed to reach desired results. Some patients may wish to have all of their front teeth that are visible when they smile corrected with veneers. This would entail placing custom veneers over 6 to 8 teeth or more.

We recommend having a consultation with your Choto cosmetic dentist before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry. This way, you can discuss all of your concerns. Also, the dentist has a keen eye for detecting cosmetic dental issues that you may be unaware of.

Preparing your teeth for composite veneers

The process for preparing a tooth for a composite veneer is invasive to say the least:

  1. The dentist will still apply some anesthesia to numb your teeth, just to be sure you remain comfortable throughout your procedure, minimizing any sensitivity that you may experience.
  2. To prepare the tooth, the dentist will remove a very insignificant amount of dental enamel, just enough to make room for the veneer.
  3. Then, a special bonding agent is applied to the surface of the tooth. This bonding agent helps the composite material properly adhere to the tooth’s surface.
  4. The composite material is applied to your tooth. Initially, the material is soft and pliable, allowing the dentist time to perfect the size and shape of the veneer.
  5. To set the material, a curing light is used that makes the material as hard as dental enamel.
  6. The final step involves the dentist smoothing and polishing the material to make it look indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Composite Veneers in Knoxville

In as little as one visit you can have a completely transformed smile with composite veneers. To learn more, please contact Choto Family Dentistry by calling (865) 409-5077. We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.