What are veneers?
Veneers are thin tooth
colored porcelain shells that are custom-made
to cover the front side of your teeth.
The use of veneers permits the restoration
or enhancement of your current smile.
Whom does a veneer benefit?
Veneers can be used by anyone who wishes to restore
stained, discolored, chipped or rough edged teeth, fill gaps between
front teeth, or even to create an overall enhanced smile. Also,
veneers can improve the smile by changing the color, shape, length
or contour of the teeth.
How is it done?
Porcelain veneers are individually created to
match or enhance your current smile. Usually, veneers require
removing a thin (thinner than a dime) amount of damaged or discolored
enamel from the front of the teeth. After this, a mould is made
of the teeth and temporary veneers are placed for appearance while
the new veneers are made. The fabrication of the new veneers takes
days of behind the scenes work, and they are placed on the teeth
at a subsequent appointment. Once the new veneers are fabricated
they are tried on the teeth to verify fit, form, and appearance,
and then they are cemented in place with a very strong adhesive.
Some patients may be candidates for porcelain veneers that do
not require any removal of enamel. Other patients may be candidates
for one-appointment veneers made from composite bonding material.
A thorough examination is necessary to determine veneer candidacy
and which type of veneer is best for you.