A dental veneer is an ultra thin porcelain shell that’s cemented to the front surface of a tooth to hide or correct cosmetic defects. Veneers, are typically applied to teeth that show when you smile, and are custom tinted and shaped to blend in naturally with your other teeth.
Veneers can be used to correct the appearance of:
Because your veneers are tinted to match your other teeth, many patients have whitening treatments prior to having their veneers applied to ensure the veneers match their teeth when they look their best.
Most veneer applications require two office visits. Because the veneer is applied directly to the surface of your tooth, during the first office visit the dentist will remove a small layer of your natural tooth material to make room for the veneer so it doesn’t overlap or extend above the neighboring teeth. Next, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth and selects the shade for your veneer. A dental lab uses the impression and the shade information to create your customized veneer. To protect your tooth while the veneer is being made, the dentist applies a temporary veneer to the tooth surface. At your second visit, the dentist removes the temporary veneer, cleans the tooth surface carefully, and then cements the permanent veneer in place. Finally, the dentist buffs the edges of the veneer to ensure a perfect fit.
No, you can care for your veneers like you care for your own teeth. Regular brushing and flossing and professional cleanings (every six months) will keep your veneers looking their best while also ensuring your teeth stay healthy. Veneers are designed to be resistant to staining, and that means they’re also resistant to whitening agents. With good care, veneers can last for up to 10 years.
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