Annual Oral Health Section


What Are Veneers?

Made of porcelain or ceramic, dental veneers are thin shells that fit over teeth to create a natural-looking smile. They are more durable than other restorative options like composite resin (a layered filling technique), and they mimic the original tooth enamel in appearance. Veneers are permanent and are bonded directly to teeth with a strong adhesive.


Good Candidates for Veneers

For anyone with chipped, fractured, misshapen, or severely discolored teeth, veneers may be the answer. Whether you need one or many, veneers can be custom-made to match the shape and color of your teeth, and they can hide gaps or correct minor misalignments. Plus, the entire veneer process can be completed in just two weeks, making it a viable option for individuals looking for quick treatment.


What to Expect from the Procedure

Placing veneers typically requires two visits to your dentist. On your first visit, your teeth will be prepped to accommodate the veneers. This involves light buffing and surface shaping to allow for the thickness of the veneers. Next, a dental impression will be taken using an intraoral scanner and sent to a lab where your permanent veneers will be made according to specifications. After the dental impression is taken, your dentist will apply temporary veneers and schedule a second appointment.

At your second appointment, typically about two weeks later, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and clean your teeth. The permanent veneers are then etched, applied to your teeth with a bonding agent, and cured under a light for 60 seconds to complete the bond. Following cleanup and polishing, you will be on your way!


Caring for Veneers

After the procedure, you must care for your new veneers like you would your natural teeth – this includes brushing twice a day and flossing to keep them in good condition. Dentists also recommend avoiding habits like chewing ice and biting your nails to eliminate potential issues.

While the treatment is irreversible because your natural teeth are permanently altered, your veneers will require replacement eventually. However, proper oral hygiene will ensure they last as long as possible. HS


Expert opinion on dental veneers from Dr. Mandy Shearer at Soddy Daisy Smiles