What are veneers?
Veneers are thin tooth colored porcelain
shells that are custom-made to cover the
front side of your teeth. The use of veneers
permits the restoration or enhancement
of your current smile.
Whom does a veneer benefit?
Veneers can be used by anyone who wishes to restore stained, discolored,
chipped or rough edged teeth, fill gaps between front teeth, or
even to create an overall enhanced smile. Also, veneers can improve
the smile by changing the color, shape, length or contour of the
How is it done?
Porcelain veneers are individually created to match or enhance
your current smile. Usually, veneers require removing a thin (thinner
than a dime) amount of damaged or discolored enamel from the front
of the teeth. After this, a mold is made of the teeth and temporary
veneers are placed for appearance while the new veneers are made.
The fabrication of the new veneers takes days of behind the scenes
work, and they are placed on the teeth at a subsequent appointment.
Once the new veneers are fabricated they are tried on the teeth
to verify fit, form, and appearance, and then they are cemented
in place with a very strong adhesive. Some patients may be candidates
for porcelain veneers that do not require any removal of enamel.
Other patients may be candidates for one-appointment veneers made
from composite bonding material. A thorough examination is necessary
to determine veneer candidacy and which type of veneer is best