Veneers cover problem teeth. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or resin composite.
The shell is permanently bonded to the teeth. Unlike braces, veneers don’t straighten teeth, and it can make them appear straighter.
When are veneers used?
Veneers are often used when your teeth don’t respond to bleaching or have deep stains.
A common dental problem is a gap between your two front teeth. If your teeth are otherwise straight, veneers can cover and hide the gap.
Veneers are not used to cover badly broken or decayed teeth. You’ll usually need an implant in this kind of situations.
Will I need multiple appointments to get veneers?
Yes. During your first appointment, we’ll assess your teeth and develop a treatment plan. At your second visit, we’ll buff your teeth, so they are a good service for the veneer
During your third visit, we’ll shape fit, and permanently bond the veneer to your natural tooth. Many dentists also schedule a follow-up appointment about two weeks after the veneers are attached to check for any problems.
How are different veneers created?
Veneers are made from resin composite or porcelain. Composite veneers are bonded and sculpted directly to your teeth.
First, we make a mold of your existing teeth. We send the mold to a dental lab, where each veneer is created separately.
The porcelain veneer must then be placed, checked for fit and color, and adjusted as necessary. We clean the tooth with special chemicals before the veneer is permanently cemented in place. A special light beam hardens the cement.
What about aftercare?
It takes a week or two for most people to adjust to veneers. A veneer that’s a slightly different size than the original tooth takes some getting used to, and may need to be adjusted.
Most dentists recommend a two-week follow-up visit. Veneers don’t need special care but do need daily flossing and twice-daily brushing.