What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or ceramic that are shaped to fit over teeth to create a natural looking smile. They are stronger than resin bonding, stain less, and 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 might be the answer. They are custom made to match the shape and color of your own teeth and can hide gaps or correct minor misalignments. The entire veneer process can be completed in just two weeks, and is therefore a viable option for individuals looking for quick treatment.
What To Expect From the Procedure
Whether you just need one replacement or many, the process remains the same. Placing porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to your dentist. On your first visit, your teeth will be prepped to accommodate the veneers. Approximately one millimeter of enamel will be re-surfaced on the front of the teeth’s surface. Next, a dental impression will be taken and sent to a lab where a technician will create permanent veneers 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 adhesive, and cured under a light for 60 seconds to complete the bond. Following clean up 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. Brushing twice a day and flossing will keep them in good repair. Dentists also recommend avoiding habits like chewing ice or biting your nails to avoid potential issues.
While the treatment is irreversible because your natural teeth are manipulated, your veneers will require replacement eventually. However, proper oral hygiene will ensure they last as long as possible.