Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
There are two forms of dental veneers:
You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
In this process the dentist and the patient have a discussion and the dentist performs an examination and assessment and discusses the best possible treatment options.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will be required to trim off the enamel. Then the dentist will take an impression of the teeth to be sent to the labs.
Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Your tooth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched. Then the ceramic veneer is cemented and placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. Finally any adjustments in the veneer or the bite will be assessed and performed as necessary.