Veneers are custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that fit over the front of a tooth. They can be used to change the size, color, length, or shape of the tooth.
Dental veneers are popular, because they look like a natural tooth, and they can be used to fix many different problems:
- Stains that cannot be bleached
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshaped Teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
Different types of veneers are available. One is porcelain, and the other is composite resin. Easy Family Dental can help you to decide which veneer is best for your unique situation.
- Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit the tooth and aren’t easily stained. They are strong and last a long time and require less tooth enamel to be removed than crowns or caps.
- Composite resin is tooth-colored material that is bonded to the tooth. It still requires less tooth enamel removal than crowns or caps, but it takes fewer visits to the dentist to have composite resin applied, usually just one visit. Although composite veneers are not quite as strong as porcelain, they are easy to fix if they get damaged and less expensive.
Steps to obtaining veneers:
- Treatment planning: Explain to the dentist the goals you have for the look you want to achieve. You may need x-rays.
- Preparation: You and your dentist will decide if anesthesia will be necessary. Approximately 0.5 millimeters of enamel will need to be removed from the tooth surface, almost the same thickness that will be added back to the tooth when the veneer is added. An impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a dental lab, who will construct your veneer. Two to four weeks later, the veneer will be ready to be placed. Temporary veneers can be placed until that time.
- Bonding: The veneer will be trimmed and adjusted to fit your tooth exactly, and the tooth will be prepared. If the color isn’t just right, it can be adjusted slightly with the shade of the cement to be used for the bonding. This special cement is applied to the veneer and then placed on the tooth. A special light will be applied to activate the chemicals in the cement, causing it to cure or harden very quickly.