When people think of cosmetic dentistry, the first thing they think of is usually either caps or porcelain veneers. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain which is shaped like a corrected version of the tooth you are trying to improve. They are professionally made in a dental lab, and made to specifically have a color and shape that is desired. After they are manufactured, they are bonded directly to the fronts of the teeth, instantly producing a more attractive smile. Veneers are a good alternative to full crowns, as they need to remove less tooth surface for preparation and are idea to solve cosmetic issues with as little invasiveness as possible. If properly cared for, veneers can last many years before needing replacement.
Porcelain veneers are perfect for:
- Cosmetic smile improvements.
- Teeth that are crooked.
- Teeth that are misshapen.
- Stained or discolored teeth.
- Teeth that are smaller or larger than those surrounding them.
- Large gaps or spaces.
- Chipped teeth.
Porcelain veneers involve?
The veneers process generally involves two visits to the dentist. On the first visit, your teeth will be prepared and very accurate molds or impressions will be taken. These molds will be sent to a dental lab for manufacture of the teeth that will be veneered, and the veneers will be made and returned.
Upon return of the new veneers, as second visit to the dentist will involve prepping the teeth by lightly buffing them and removing any material that would interfere with bonding. The new veneers are cemented in place and the cement is cured. Little to no anesthesia is necessary, and there is generally no pain in the process.
If properly cared for, your veneers will stay beautiful for years.