Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front surface of the teeth. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They are often used as alternatives to crowns, so more tooth structure is maintained.
Indications for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
Severely discolored or stained teeth.
Unwanted or uneven spaces.
Worn or chipped teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
The application of veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process. The tooth or teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist, and possibly the dental laboratory.
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special calibrated light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, wearing a nighttime mouth guard and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.