What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored sleeves of porcelain that are designed to slip over your teeth and cover the chips, stains, or other cosmetic issues may have.
Why should I consider Veneers?
If you have chipped, stained, broken, crooked, or misaligned teeth, veneers are an attractive option for correcting those problems all at once. While procedures such as whitening can change the coloration of your teeth, other issues require more extensive procedures- inlay or onlays, crowns, orthodontics, ect. If you have mostly cosmetic teeth, and you have an instant, perfect smile!
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) 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 ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
• 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.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two to three visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On your other 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.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.