What Are Dental Veneers?
We are often asked, “What are dental veneers?” And rightly so! That’s because dental veneers are an incredible option for people who are unhappy with the size, color, or shape of a tooth. In fact, they are an amazingly natural looking solution to chipped or cracked teeth. So what are they?
Dental Veneers Are A Cosmetic Procedure
A dental veneer (sometimes called a porcelain veneer) is wafer-thin, semi-translucent, custom porcelain or resin shell. That shell is bonded to the front side of your tooth. Veneers improve your appearance by changing the colour, shape, and size of your teeth. They are a good choice because they resemble your natural teeth enamel. In fact, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a veneer and your natural teeth. Smiling is the best way to make a first impression, so we want to make sure your smile is perfect.
Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure that helps you maintain a beautiful smile and fixes:
- Discolored teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
What Are Dental Veneers Made Out Of?
There are two materials used to make dental veneers. You can choose between porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin. However, resin veneers better imitate the light reflecting properties of actual teeth. You get to decide which is best for you.
What Is The Dental Veneer Procedure?
Getting dental veneers usually requires three painless visits.
First Visit: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
First, you’ll work together with the dental team. Be clear about what you want to achieve. In the appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and make sure veneers are the best cosmetic dental procedure for you. Your dentist will explain the process and some of the limitations and requirements to maintain a dental veneer. Then, he or she may take x-rays or impressions of your mouth and your teeth.
Second Visit: Prepare A Tooth For A Veneer
Next, the dentist will remove about 1/2 milliliter of tooth enamel. If you need a local anesthetic, your dentist will provide it. Then, a model will be made of your tooth. That model will be sent to a dental laboratory to construct the veneer. Creating a veneer takes between 2 – 4 weeks.
Third Visit: Fitting, Trimming and Bonding
Finally, the dentist will temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to examine the colour and fit. The dentist will remove and trim the veneer as needed to make sure it fits properly. We match the colour of your veneer by manipulating the cement used to apply it. Preparing the tooth to receive the veneer requires the dentist to clean, polish, and etch the tooth.
Etching roughens the tooth and allows for a stronger bond. A special cement is added to the veneer and then the veneer is placed on the tooth. A special light beam is applied to the dental veneer, causing the cement to harden and cure quickly.
Lastly, your dentist will remove any excess cement, check your bite, and make any final adjustments. The dentist will schedule a follow-up dental visit to evaluate how your gums are responding to the new veneers and examine the placement.