Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made to either change or maintain the look of your smile with minimal tooth preparation. Porcelain veneers can brighten a smile, cover fractures, close spaces or enhance the shape of each tooth to create a more attractive smile or restore the beautiful one you have now.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
- Restore fractured teeth
- Crooked teeth
Severely discolored or stained teeth
Teeth that are too small or large
Unwanted or uneven spaces
Worn or chipped teeth
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleaned and etched to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a curing light is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Keep in mind, that although veneers offer a long-lasting cosmetic solution, decay around the veneers is still possible. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.