If you’ve ever found yourself feeling dissatisfied with your smile because of simple misalignment, chipping, or gaps, porcelain veneers could be your solution.
A veneer is a wafer-thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth’s front surface. It can change the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth and provide the uniformity and symmetry we’re accustomed to seeing in Hollywood.
Veneers are highly stain resistant and last between 10-20 years. There is minimal prep work to the tooth, multiple teeth can undergo the process simultaneously, and it requires just three visits to the dentist over a period of a few weeks.
First Visit – Consultation.
Your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if you are a candidate for veneers. You will discuss the look and shade for which you are aiming.
Second Visit – Make Veneers.
To prepare your teeth, your dentist will remove about a half millimeter of enamel from the surface (nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added). You may or may not require local anesthesia. Next, a model or impression of your teeth will be taken. This is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer(s). Typically it takes 1-2 weeks before they are complete. In the meantime, temporary veneers can be placed for an additional cost, if you prefer.
Third Visit – Apply Veneers.
Your dentist will temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color. Repeated adjustments will be made if needed for a proper fit. Next, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and it is then placed on your tooth to bond. The veneer color is adjusted with the shade of cement selected. A special light beam is applied to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement and causes it to harden very quickly. Your tooth is now one impervious unit with the veneer. Excess cement is removed, your bite is evaluated, and any final adjustments are made.