Veneers are a natural-looking cosmetic treatment that can provide a dramatic smile makeover.
Veneers can be applied to one or several teeth for any of the following aesthetic reasons:
- Correct gaps between the teeth
- Correct uneven lengths
- Correct slightly misaligned teeth
- Correct discoloration
- Restore chipped teeth
- Correct slightly crooked teeth
- Change the size or shape.
Veneers cover the front of the tooth surface and slightly wrap around the sides and biting edge of the tooth. In most cases, each tooth receiving a veneer will be carefully prepped before the veneer fabrication and placement.
Preparation involves removing a thin (usually less than one millimeter) layer of enamel from the natural tooth in the areas that the veneer will cover. This allows the veneer to fit seamlessly with the contours of the natural tooth.
The veneers are attached using a thin but strong bonding material, and the material hardens when cured by a specialized light.
There are several types of veneers:
Porcelain veneers are the longest-lasting and most aesthetically-pleasing type of veneer. They are created in a lab to the Dentist’s exact specifications and mimic the look of natural enamel, using multiple thin layers of porcelain. The size, color, shape, and fit are fully customized.
Made using composite resin, these may be made in the dental office or a dental lab and are less expensive than porcelain veneers. They can alter the appearance of tooth color, size, or shape and can be an effective solution for less extensive cosmetic improvements.
Composite Veneers are fully customized, as are the porcelain veneers, but the composite material is somewhat susceptible to staining and does not last as long as porcelain.
Prefabricated resin veneers are not customized to the shape and fit of your teeth, although they do come in different sizes and shapes. We do not recommend instant veneers because they do not provide the appearance, quality, or durability of custom veneers.
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