Veneers are very thin laminates of porcelain designed to cover the front surfaces of teeth. They are bonded to the teeth creating a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. Veneers are not a permanent solution and will eventually have to be replaced. However, they are quite durable and may last for many years.
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
Porcelain veneer procedure:
Porcelain veneers usually involve two visits, requiring little or no anesthesia throughout 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 is chosen.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brush technique, daily flossing and regular visits to the dentist will help the veneer last longer.