Dental veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve appearance. They are made of tooth coloured materials and can be used to improve the colour of teeth that have been worn down or stained. Alternatively, they can be used to improve the shape or size of teeth.
Types of veneers
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite. Porcelain veneers are more durable and resist stains better than composite veneers. The properties of porcelain also helps to create a very natural tooth look. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span than porcelain veneers and the aesthetics of composite is not quite as good as porcelain.
When should you consider dental veneers?
You talk to you dentist about dental veneers if
- Your teeth are stained or discolored teeth
- Your teeth are crooked or misshaped teeth
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
How its done
Two visits to your dentist are typically required for porcelain veneers. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. Firstly, your teeth are prepared by conservatively trimming them so the veneers will fit. Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to make the veneers. Finally, you may receive temporary veneers depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. The temporary veneers will protect your teeth while the permanent veneers are made at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneers if you received them will be removed. The new veneers received from the laboratory will be checked to see if they fit well. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneers, they will be bonded to your teeth.