Veneers / Porcelain Laminates
Porcelain veneers, can be used to correct both the color and shape of the teeth and make for a great smile makeover.
Overview of Tooth Veneers
Veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain that are glued over the front of your teeth. They are a good solution for teeth that are severely discolored, misshapen or crooked, or they can even correct unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the dentist to remove as much of the tooth structure. Usually, like crowns, Veneers are also custom made by a dental lab and then bonded to the teeth.
How are Tooth Veneers Attached to your Tooth?
In your first appointment, it is important to initially discuss with your cosmetic dentist that you will want to "try in" your veneers with temporary cement that is the same color cement as will be used for the permanent attachment. During this "try-in" phase, be sure to look at your veneers in natural light in addition to the office light. 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 your cosmetic dentist of any adjustments or changes you would like made, such as in shape or size. These changes will be translated into your permanent veneers, so good communication between you and your dentist is important in achieving your new smile.
Your dentist places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. The color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth. The tooth is then cleansed with chemicals to achieve a durable bond. Once the glue is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.« Go Back