Porcelain veneers are very thin and durable tooth shaped porcelain, which is custom made (shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful, more attractive smile.
Veneers may be implemented to completely reshape your teeth and smile. They are an alternative to crowns, and an ideal solution for treating many dental conditions.
Similar to most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may require replacement someday. They are very durable and will last many years.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
- To create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
- 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 does getting porcelain veneers involve?
It usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. By lightly buffing and shaping the surface, the teeth are prepared to allow for the thickness of the veneer. An impression (mold) 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 ensure a durable bond. Bonding cement will then be placed between the tooth and veneer, and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
When your treatment is completed, you will receive care instructions. It’s important to keep in mind that good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.