Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the perfect solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacing. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting smile.
Porcelain veneers help in the following ways:
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required throughout. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold of the teeth is taken and a shade will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special 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. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.