What are veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth that are custom made to the contour of your teeth then bonded to the tooth’s original enamel. The most commonly used material for veneers is the conventional porcelain veneer, which is preferable for correcting matters of shape or color and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
Why choose veneers?
Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces and can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. In the past, a crown was often used to treat teeth with surface damage from fractures or chips, discoloration, or cosmetic issues. Today, those problems are more commonly addressed with veneers.
What is the procedure for veneers?
Typically, the process of placement of a porcelain veneer created by the laboratory takes two appointments. Depending on the patient’s sensitivity, local anesthesia can be used if needed. The tooth is then cleaned and the correct shade for the veneer is determined. A very small amount of the tooth’s enamel is removed to provide room to place the veneer on the tooth. An impression of the tooth is then made for the laboratory and a temporary veneer placed on the tooth.
When the porcelain veneer has been delivered, the temporary veneer is removed and the tooth cleaned. The veneer is then etched, rinsed thoroughly with water and air dried. Adhesive is placed on the preparation and the cement, and the veneer is then placed for exact fit and contour.