Veneers are thin casings of porcelain or composite resin to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth. They are bonded to your natural teeth, enhancing the appearance with customized color and shape. Porcelain veneers resist stains better but require more of the natural tooth to be abraded before placement. Resin veneers are thinner and require less tooth preparation.
Veneers can improve the appearance of unsightly chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth. They can last 5-10 years as long as they are well cared for. However, not everyone is a good candidate for veneers, and a consultation with one of our dentists will determine if they’re right for you. Acquiring dental veneers is a three-step process.
The first step involves a discussion with your dentist to evaluate your goals. Your dentist will go over the process with you and help you determine which kind of veneers are right for your teeth. They will examine your mouth and may also take X-rays and/or make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
At your second appointment, the dentist will abrade about a half millimeter of the enamel surface from the teeth to receive veneers. They will make a model of your teeth to be sent to the lab, which will create your veneers. If necessary, temporary veneers may be placed – usually at an additional cost.
Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will carefully prepare them before permanently bonding them to your teeth. He or she will temporarily place the veneers on your teeth, checking their shape and color, trimming them as necessary, and selecting a cement color that will match your desired outcome. Your dentist will then clean, polish, and etch your teeth to prepare them for a strong bond with the veneers. The cement and veneers will then be applied to your prepared teeth and exposed to a special light that interacts with a chemical in the cement, causing it to harden quickly. Once your veneers are applied, the dentist will clean your teeth and evaluate your bite to make any final adjustments.
Even teeth with veneers are still susceptible to decay, so good oral hygiene habits are important. Regular brushing and flossing should keep your veneers looking good for years.