Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that can be custom shaped and colored to match your teeth by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and will someday have to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will last many years, making them a great investment in your appearance and self-confidence.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
- 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 visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. First, the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface, reducing it slightly 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 your dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to prep them for 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.