What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite materials made to bond to the front of teeth to improve appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile, they are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth.
What can dental veneers fix?
Veneers can fix teeth that are discolored, chipped, crooked, worn down, misaligned, or teeth with gaps between them.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation, two to make the veeners and the third to apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.
To prepare for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. Next, an impression of the teeth is taken and a shade will then be chosen by you and the dentist. This impression is sent out to laboratory that constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for your veneers to be sent to your dentist.
On your next visit your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to achieve a durable bond. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Your dentist will then apply a special light to the veneer that activates chemicals in the bond causing it to harden. You will receive care instructions for proper brushing and flossing that will aid in the life of your new veneers.