What are Veneers?
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth, your smile…and even your outlook on life! They can often be an alternative to crowns or be the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions and cosmetic imperfections such as:
• A chipped or cracked tooth
• Odd spacing between teeth
• Discoloration of tooth enamel
• Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made for you. They are bonded onto the front of your teeth to create a bright, beautiful, and attractive smile. They are scratch resistant, stain resistant, and do not change color over time.
First, your teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade of color is determined. On your second visit your teeth are cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
While veneers are very durable and likely last many years, as with most dental restorations, they are not permanent and may someday need replacement. Of course, proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.