Veneers are thin pieces of durable tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made. They are bonded onto the exterior of teeth to create a beautiful and striking smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and are the perfect solution in treating several dental conditions. One of the largest benefits of veneers, other than appearance, is that they are very conservative. Only the front of the tooth needs to be reduced, and the reduction is minimal (3-4 times less thickness than what we may need to remove for a crown).
Because the preparation of the veneers often stay within the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel), the bond strength is very durable. Veneers, like any other restoration, may someday need replacement; however, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Veneers are used for:
- Creating a uniform, white, beautiful smile
- Straightening crooked teeth
- Reshaping teeth
- Filling unwanted or uneven spaces
- Smoothing worn or chipped teeth
Two visits are usually required to complete the process of getting veneers. The procedure requires little or no anesthesia. The teeth are prepared by carefully buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and an appropriate shade will then be chosen by you and your prosthodontist.
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with dental liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
As with any cosmetic procedure, we choose to be very critical about how the veneers look as they come back from the lab. If they are not what we expected, either in color or shape and size, we may elect to send them back to the lab to be adjusted or remade. Know that the second appointment often becomes a try-in and a third appointment is made for insertion of the veneers.
After the procedure you will receive care instructions to properly care for your veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will help enhance the life of your new veneers.