What Are Veneers?
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped, or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked.
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model that we take in our office. Veneers are usually irreversible because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Benefits Of Veneers
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, damage from an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Little or no anesthesia is needed during the application process. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
How Is The Procedure Done?
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
During the final “bonding” visit, also lasting about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, but are not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.
Caring For Veneers
Follow your regular dental hygiene practices and your veneers will last for a very long time. They are one of the best services in dentistry when done properly.
Are Veneers Right For You?
Veneers are excellent for a “full makeover” or for cosmetic improvement to individual areas. They provide an incredibly natural look and achieve the highest level of cosmetic excellence in dentistry when done properly.
However, if your teeth are badly broken down, crowns would be a better treatment.
Veneers are also more costly than some other cosmetic options but they are less prone to stain, more natural looking and usually much stronger.
Ask our doctors if you have any questions about whether veneers are the best choice for your cosmetic dentistry needs.
“With Rooney & Rooney you never feel like a stranger. Everyone is friendly and they make you feel comfortable. Their professionalism is outstanding and you never have a long wait. I receive so many compliments on my veneers and they are over 10 years old. I would recommend Rooney & Rooney to anyone needing a dentist.”Lisa