What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, or spacing and chips or cracks.
Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past.
How Dental Veneers Look Like
A dental porcelain laminate or a dental veneer looks similar to an artificial fingernail which is translucent. Because it is thin, almost about the thickness of a credit card, light passes through it.
How It Works
Getting a dental veneer is a three-step process:
- The first trip to the dentist is for consultation and finding out what are the things to be done on the existing teeth before putting the dental veneers. The dentist will examine the teeth to check if dental veneers are appropriate for the teeth structure or composition.
- The second trip to the dentist will be the time to prepare the tooth or teeth for the dental veneers by removing about ½ mm of enamel from the tooth surface which is almost the same thickness of the veneer that will be added to the tooth surface.
- The last trip to the dentist is that part where the dental veneers will be glued onto or permanently cemented to the tooth after the dentist has determined that the veneer fits properly. The tooth where the veneer will be added will be cleaned, polished and etched. A special dental cement is used to make the veneer stick well onto the natural tooth. The dentist will then check your bite and make final adjustments as necessary.
- A follow-up visit will allow the dentist to check how the gums are responding to the veneers.Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of your dental health – we don’t charge for giving advice!