Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. Often alternatives to crowns, they can be the ideal solution when treating many dental conditions.
Very durable, likely to last many years, veneers will give you a beautiful, long-lasting smile. But as with most dental restorations, they are not permanent and may someday need replacement.
Reasons for porcelain veneers
Cosmetically, to create a beautiful uniform smile.
Severely discolored or stained teeth
Teeth that are too small or too large
Unwanted or uneven spaces
Worn or chipped teeth
What getting porcelain veneers involves
Getting veneers usually requires two visits, 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. After a mold (impression) of the teeth is taken, you and the dentist will select a shade (color).
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer. Then 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 protect the life of your new veneers.