Veneers are a staple of the cosmetic dentistry trade.
A veneer is a thin, custom-made shell that covers cracked, crooked, decayed, discolored or chipped teeth.
The purpose of a veneer is to give you a clean, healthy look.
The veneer is typically made from porcelain or resin composite materials.
Getting veneers is typically a three step process:
The diagnosis portion is simply sitting down with the dentist, having them look at your teeth and discussing all options.
Preparation includes having about ½ millimeter of enamel removed from the front of the tooth. The dentist will then make an impression of your teeth from which the veneer will be made.
Finally, the bonding to the teeth takes place. The dentist will first place and adjust the veneer to make sure it fits perfectly. Then it will be affixed to the teeth by a special cement. Your dentist will then perform bite tests to make sure your bite is restored properly.
Follow-up visits may be required.