Veneers are made of tooth-colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth, and can improve the size or shape of the tooth.
Dental veneers are very thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that cover the front surface of your teeth to improve their overall appearance. They are made of tooth-like materials that are used to improve the color, size and shape of teeth that have been worn down or stained. They are made to reflect light which helps achieve a very natural and beautiful smile. Alternatively, veneers can make misaligned or uneven teeth appear straighter and perfectly in place. Veneers can allow you to have the smile that you have always dreamed of by fixing minor cosmetic problems.
You should consider Veneers:
- Your teeth are stained or discolored
- Your teeth are crooked or misshaped
- Your teeth appear misaligned or uneven
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
- You simply want to improve the overall appearance of your smile
TYPES OF VENEERS
Porcelain veneers are more durable and resist stains better. The properties of the material also help create a very natural tooth look. They are created specifically for your unique tooth structure and will be custom tailored to your individual tooth color and shape. They are resistant to staining and are the ideal solution to more severe discoloration, chips or cracks, and they generally last much longer than other types of veneers with proper home care and regular dental visits.
Theses veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. Sometimes they are placed in layers and bonded in place. These veneers are then polished and smoothed to achieve the look of natural, normal teeth. Composite veneers will help you achieve your dream smile but are more apt to chipping and staining than porcelain veneers. They typically have a shorter lifespan and are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
How it’s done
We have all patients come in for a preliminary appointment with our dentists to discuss which options are right for you and how many veneers you want to have placed. We take an impression and send it to the lab for a diagnostic wax up. This allows us to preview what transforming your smile will actually look like prior to even getting started. We evaluate the size and shape and if we want to make any changes, this is the time to do it. We also take any necessary x-rays, photos and evaluate the overall oral health to make sure this is the right option for you, that will last. Once you approve, we are ready for the next visit.
To get accurate sizing for your veneers, at the next appointment, your dentist removes some of the tooth structure to allow room for the veneers to lay perfectly, without appearing too bulky. We take several a molds (impression) of your teeth. This mold is then sent off to the lab for the creation of your veneers. Our labs take pride in custom designing your smile and spend quality time preparing the veneers for you. This could take up to 3 weeks. In the meantime, you will be wearing temporaries that look just like the real veneers for those 3 weeks. Our patients love our custom designed temporary veneers. The next appointment is simple. We remove the temporary veneers and make sure that everything is clean and calm, ready for the cementation of the permanent veneers. Our dentist then uses a bonding cement to bind the veneer to the tooth. They’ll use ultraviolet light to harden this cement quickly, and once you leave the office, your new smile is ready to go!
What can I expect on my first visit?
Three important steps are completed. Firstly, your teeth are prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an impression is taken of your tooth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer. Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.
What can I expect on my second visit?
The temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. It’s best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your teeth.