Veneers

What Are Veneers?

Often an alternative to crowns, dental veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won’t require us to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases.

 

How are tooth Veneers attached to your tooth?

Teeth are prepared for veneers by lightly buffing to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Veneers are thin like contact lenses, and will usually only need tooth reduction of 0.5mm to 1.0mm. If a drastic change is being made for the result you want, reduction may be 1.0mm to 2.0mm. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. Temporary veneers will be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, advise the of any adjustments or changes you would like made, such as in shape or size. During this “try-in” phase, be sure to look at your veneers in natural light in addition to the office light. These changes will be translated into your permanent veneers, so good communication between you and the doctor is important in achieving your new smile.