Veneers are small layered porcelain shells that are made to resemble natural teeth. They are flat and thin and molded to fit onto the front of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are durable, often lasting from 10- 30 years depending on how the patient maintains them.
Porcelain veneers can be utilized to create a dramatic smile makeover; veneers can be used to conceal and correct cosmetic imperfections such as crooked or cracked teeth, or severely stained teeth. Many celebrities are fans of the esthetic qualities of veneers; however, cosmetic dentistry is now attainable for people of all different income levels.
Veneers are usually applied in 2-3 dental visits. The first visit is a consultion with your dental professional to determine if veneers are a good option for you, taking into consideration your dental history.
During the second visit the outer layer of enamel of the tooth is removed to create space for the veneer. An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where technicians create a custom made veneer based on the impression taken.
Once the dentist receives the veneers from the laboratory, they can begin to bond the veneers to your teeth with a special cementing agent.
Veneers require care and maintenance just like the natural teeth do, to ensure the longevity of the veneer. This includes avoiding sugary foods and excessive snacking between meals, regular brushing and flossing, and avoiding heavily abrasive toothpastes.
Speak to your dental professional to determine if veneers are a suitable treatment for you to enhance your smile.