What Are Veneers?
Veneers are ceramic facings that are bonded to front teeth to reshape teeth, close gaps, cover stains, or treat chipped or broken teeth. To bond a veneer to the front of a tooth, the tooth must first be prepared very conservatively, taking away just millimeters of tooth structure, which will be replaced by the veneer. Veneers are made of durable ceramic material, and are custom matched to the color of your existing smile.
When is a veneer required?
While veneers are mostly used to treat cosmetic concerns, such as staining, closing gaps, and reshaping your smile, veneers are also used to fix small chips or breaks in front teeth.
How It’s Done?
Veneers are a precise procedure which typically can take two or three office visits:
First, an impression of your existing smile will be taken to act as a guide for creating the temporary restoration. After the impression, the natural tooth structure must be reduced by a fraction of a millimeter to make room for the veneer. Once the tooth is prepared either a 3D scan or impression of the tooth (or teeth) is taken. In addition, your dentist will match the shade of your natural smile. Your dentist will then create a temporary veneer with tooth colored composite. While this isn’t the final product, your dentist will take great care to match the color and contour of your smile. The final impression of the prepared teeth and shade will be sent to a laboratory where the veneer will be custom crafted to meet the exact specifications outlined by your dentist.
The temporary veneers will be removed, and the surface of the teeth are etched in order create a rough surface, which will enable the veneer to bond better to the tooth. After etching, the final veneer is bonded to the tooth using cement. Your dentist will evaluate your bite and ensure that you are comfortable with your fantastic new smile.