Veneers are thin pieces of shaped porcelain that can be bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They are fabricated in a lab and can change the shape and color of your natural teeth. Your new smile will be both beautiful and attractive.
As well as being just cosmetic, veneers can also be used in place of crowns to repair chipped, fractured or worn teeth.
Even though a veneer is very thin once bonded into place it becomes a very durable restoration that will give you the smile you always wanted. As with all dental restoration veneers will need to eventually be replaced.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
- To create a beautiful smile by cosmetically altering the teeth.
- To realign crooked teeth.
- To repair misshapen worn or chipped teeth.
- To cover discolored or stained teeth.
- To close unwanted or uneven spaces.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
At your first visit the teeth that are going to be veneered are prepped. After getting numb a small amount of the surface of the tooth is reduced to accommodate for the thickness of the veneer. Impressions are taken and sent to the lab. Temporary veneers are fabricated to cover the teeth between visits.
At the second visit the veneers are tried in to confirm desired shape and color. The teeth are then prepared for bonding. The veneers are bonded to the tooth with a luting cement. Finally they are trimmed, shaped and polished.
Caring for your veneers is the same a caring for a natural tooth. They can be brushed and flossed. Veneers are both strong and durable.