Dental veneers provide an excellent solution if you are looking to enhance your smile. They are a popular cosmetic treatment because of their overall effectiveness and ease of use.
Dental veneers are great if you’re experiencing crowding problems, chipped teeth, worn down teeth or have areas of stained teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are placed on the front surface of the teeth to enhance their appearance—they will hide any noticeable flaws and help the teeth appear straight and even.
The shade of veneers can be adjusted to your tooth color and they are applied with minimal discomfort. Dental veneers are strong and durable and will last for many years before they require replacement or repairs.
Every set of dental veneers is custom-designed based on your needs—so you get the results you want. This means we will make a minimum of two appointments with you, the first to take impressions of your teeth and the second to apply and adjust the veneers to your teeth.
How do Dental Veneers Work?
Dental veneers start with digital x-rays to create the perfect blueprint that includes color, shape, and other factors.
At your first visit, the teeth are gently prepared to allow space for the ultra-thin porcelain to be crafted over by a master lab technician. Your dentist then provides all the information to a specialized lab that’s needed to create a masterpiece.
Your dentist also produces acrylic temporary restorations that mimic the veneers, worn for about three weeks. These temporaries provide a preview of the general appearance of your new smile and allow further input regarding the appearance of your upcoming smile.
After hours of custom craftwork in the lab, you’ll return for a second appointment. Your dentist will try in each veneer and evaluate the appearance and fit, giving you an opportunity to preview the new look. He or she will then go through several precise steps to bond the thin veneers to the outer surface of your teeth, creating an incredibly strong bond between tooth and porcelain. Minor adjustments to your bite and a final polish will leave you with a smile that you will love.
What types of dental veneers are available?
There are two main types of dental veneers, composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are manufactured at your dentist office and applied directly to the teeth. Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory to ensure they fit your teeth and then applied to the tooth’s surface.