Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that will cover the front of your teeth restoring its natural look. Patients opt to get veneers for a wide variety of reasons including; worn down teeth, broken (or chipped) teeth, and to close gaps between teeth. The process of placing veneers requires removing a small amount of enamel to ensure the shell will fit and retain its natural look.
Patients will generally need to make two appointments to see the results of their veneers. The first appointment will allow you to ask questions regarding the procedure and for the dentist to prepare your tooth for the permanent veneer. First your dentist will clean and remove a small amount of enamel. Next a mold will be taken of the tooth and the dentist with decide the color of the veneer. Lastly, a temporary veneer is placed. Once your permanent veneer arrives our office you schedule your next appointment to have the permanent veneer applied. At this appointment the temporary veneer is removed, and the tooth is cleaned again. Adhesive is then placed on your tooth along with a small amount of cement and then veneer is placed. Using a specialized light, the veneer is cured, and your dentist will check the fit and polish the veneer. A follow-up visit may be scheduled to check for if there has been any discomfort since placement.
Dental veneers will last on average between 7 and 15 years. During routine dental exams your veneers will be checked to make sure they do not show any signs of wear (such as chips or cracks). If chipping or cracking does occur the veneer will then need to be replaced. The best way to care for veneers is to continue brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash as normal. Veneers can become stained and it is recommended to limit drinking coffee, tea, and red wine; along with tobacco products to help reduce staining. Getting veneers is an irreversible process and needs to be discussed with your dentist to ensure you are an eligible candidate.