Veneers are very thin porcelain restorations that are applied to the surfaces of the teeth to correct the appearance of many cosmetic defects, including:
The porcelain material is extremely durable, and it can be tinted to blend in with neighboring teeth for a completely natural-looking result.
Dental veneers are custom-made for each patient, and they usually require two office visits for application. During the first visit, the tooth surface will be prepared. This involves removing a small portion of the tooth material to make room for the veneer so it rests at the same level as the neighboring teeth. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression or mold is made and sent to the lab where the veneer will be made using state-of-the-art techniques and materials. A temporary veneer may be placed on the tooth to provide protection and the tint for the veneer will also be selected. At the second office visit, the temporary veneer will be removed and the tooth surface will be cleaned. The permanent veneer will be applied using a strong adhesive and the edges will be buffed so the veneer is secure and comfortable.
Veneers can be cared for like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Patients may opt to use special products made specifically for veneers. Routine office visits are also important to ensure the veneer remains in good shape and properly positioned. Although veneers are very resistant to stains, they can become discolored, so avoiding foods and drinks that cause staining can help ensure they stay looking their best.
With good oral hygiene, a veneer can last 15 years or more.
Unlike natural teeth, veneers cannot be whitened with whitening treatments or products; instead, they need to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to have teeth professionally whitened prior to having a veneer applied so the veneer matches your teeth when they look their best.