Veneers can improve the appearance of natural teeth with the use of thin custom-made shells. These facings are made of tooth-colored materials such as porcelain to cover up teeth near the front of the mouth that are stained, worn down, or broken. They can also be used in improving the size and shape of a tooth.
Types of veneers
There are two types of veneers that are available to patients in the practice of Dr. Knight. The first is the porcelain veneer. These are incredibly durable and are resistant to stains. The materials resemble natural tooth enamel, providing an extremely natural appearance. An alternative is that of composite resin veneers. These are applied directly to the teeth and are not made in a laboratory. They are faster to place and less expensive. However, they do not last as long as traditional porcelain veneers and are subject to staining and discoloration.
Why consider dental veneers?
Dental veneers may be a great choice for you if your teeth are:
- Discolored with permanent stains or natural yellowing with age
- Spaced apart
- Broken or chipped
How it’s done
Traditional porcelain veneers require two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, three steps are achieved. The teeth are prepared with the trimming and filing of the tooth to create a surface for the veneer to bond to. Impressions are made and sent to a laboratory for the preparation of the restoration. A temporary veneer may be placed at this time depending on the amount of tooth structure removed. The laboratory may take approximately one or two weeks to send back the new restoration.
Once this happens, patients are invited back to the dental office to have their temporary veneer removed and their permanent one placed. The porcelain veneer is cemented to the front of the tooth and any adjustments can be made during this appointment.
Once you and your dentist are happy with the appearance and feel of the new veneer, you will be able to enjoy your newly enhanced smile!