What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain custom made to go over your tooth (for shape and color). Veneers are bonded onto the front of your teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
The purpose of a porcelain veneer is to strengthen and improve the aesthetic appearance of broken, damaged or imperfect teeth. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile, and 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.
Why/When Are Porcelain Veneers Needed?
Veneers provide solutions for patients with several different dental issues. You may want to consider porcelain veneers as an option if you have:
- 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 Is the Procedure For Getting Porcelain Veneers Involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two 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 the second visit, the teeth will be cleaned 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.