Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be an alternative to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
Types of Veneers
There are two basic types of veneers used, porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers are more durable and resist stains better. The properties of the material also help to create a very natural-looking surface. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span, and are less expensive.
Reasons for Veneers
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. An impression of the teeth is taken and a shade will then be chosen by you and the dentist. You may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed during the buffing process. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.
On the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. It is best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made before hand. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of your new veneers, they will be bonded to your teeth.
If you want to learn more about veneers, simply call Lake Dental and we will answer any questions you may have.