Veneers are very thin pieces of durable porcelain that are custom made (for shape and colour) in a professional dental laboratory. Veneers are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers allow many patients to achieve a dramatic smile makeover without highly invasive treatments. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. Veneers, however, are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile.
Reasons for getting porcelain veneers:
- To create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
- To correct crooked and misshaped teeth.
- To cover severely discoloured or stained teeth.
- To fill in unwanted or uneven spaces.
- To fix worn or chipped teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers placed usually requires two visits, 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, your teeth will be cleaned with a special liquid to ensure a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for your veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will enhance the lifespan of your new veneers.