What are veneers?
Veneers are a thin custom fitted porcelain shell that are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are cosmetically appealing and can give your smile a whole new appearance.
Patients who have any of the following dental conditions may choose veneers to enhance their smile:
- Spaces or gaps between fron teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Large or numerous fillings
- Overlapped or crooked teeth
- Stained, old or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained teeth (stains which developed inside the tooth)
How are veneers made?
You will require two dental appointments for the veneer preparation. At the first visit a small amount of tooth structure is removed from the front surface of the tooth. Am impression will be taken and customized shade will be recorded. The impression is sent to a local dental laboratory. The lab will fabricate the veneer. At the next dental visit the porcelain veneer (shell) is then placed over the tooth surface.
Caring for veneers
Veneers, if properly cared for, will last for several years. Proper brushing and flossing is very important, as well as regular dental recare appointments. Avoid nail biting, opening pins and clips and chewing on hard objects. To maintain good circulation your dental professional may recommend using a rubber tip to stimulate the gums around the veneers. Lastly, never use abrasive toothpastes or powders such as baking soda as these will scratch the porcelain.