Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry solution for chipped or abnormally shaped teeth, as well as gaps between teeth. With many veneer options available, dental veneers are often a fitting choice for people looking to improve the look of their smile.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin “jackets” for the teeth, typically used to cover the front surface of the six anterior upper and/or lower teeth. If needed, veneers can also be placed on just one or two teeth. Veneers adhere to your tooth to stay in place, creating a more regular tooth shape.
This form of cosmetic dentistry is mainly used to recreate the natural look and contour of the teeth while covering stained or discolored teeth. Oftentimes, a lighter shade will be chosen for the veneer to brighten your teeth and create the “perfect” smile.
How Are Dental Veneers Applied?
To prepare the teeth for veneers, just a small amount of the original tooth enamel is removed. Removing some of the natural tooth is essential to achieve a proper fit for the veneer. Then, the teeth are imaged with our CAD/CAM intraoral camera. Each veneer is individually designed, and the porcelain is milled for each tooth.
Once the porcelain has been milled, an adhesive layer is positioned between the prepped tooth and the veneer. The veneer is then set in place using a curing light.
The recovery process after the veneer has been set is short in comparison to that of other cosmetic dental procedures. After the veneer has been cemented into place with the curing light and the anesthesia has worn off, you’ll be cleared to eat regular foods.
Porcelain veneers can last for up to 15 years. To make your veneer last for as long as possible, be sure to maintain good oral hygiene and follow all instructions provided by your dentist. Also, refrain from chewing on particularly hard items, like ice or a pen.
If you’re seeking a solution to chipped or abnormally shaped teeth, contact us today to learn more about the benefits of dental veneers.