Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom shaped and made to fit your front teeth. Veneers are designed to help restore your smile so that it looks bright, even and well-spaced. Once created in a dental lab, the veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth using highly durable bonding agents. You can enjoy having these veneers for years with proper care and they can be easily replaced or repaired if something should happen to them.
When Should You Get a Porcelain Veneer?
There are a variety of instances when you might be a viable candidate for porcelain veneers. You will need to have a consultation with our team of dental professionals to determine if veneers are the right solution for you. Below is a list of reasons you may want to consider having porcelain veneers:
- Your front teeth are chipped or broken
- The area is too small for an entire crown
- Your front teeth are stained or unsightly
- You don’t like the shape of your front teeth
- You have a large space or gap between your teeth
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The procedure to have porcelain veneers is quite simple, but it does require two separate appointments. The first appointment involves filing the anterior (front) teeth down to accommodate the veneers. Little to no anesthesia is required to do this filing, so the procedure is comfortable and easy even for those who have a fear of the dentist. An impression (or mold) is made of the teeth and quickly whisked off to a dental lab where the veneers will be made. A color match is done while you’re in the office so that the veneers look how you’d like them to look.
The second appointment involves placing the porcelain veneers. A light yet durable bonding agent is applied to the veneers and a bonding cement is applied to the teeth. The veneer is then carefully placed onto the tooth to give a realistic appearance. A curing blue light is used to seal the bond for a flawless finish. After the procedure is done, the dentist will provide you with care instructions on how to care for the veneers so that they last you for years.