Veneers are thinly crafted, custom shells made from tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They are used to correct a wide range of cosmetic issues, including uneven spacing, gaps, misalignments, worn-down surfaces, irregular edges, chips, and discoloration. Today’s veneer materials are extremely strong and can be tinted to match your surrounding teeth so no one will know you have them. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, dental veneers can rejuvenate your entire smile over the course of just a few appointments.
Process for Veneers
The first step in creating a new smile is to communicate exactly what you don’t like about your smile as it is now. It’s a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like as a starting point for discussion, to ensure you and the dentist are on the same page. Often times, photos and impressions will be taken to consult with the dental laboratory before work begins. The actual procedure itself will require two appointments, with steps much like a crown procedure. At the first appointment, your teeth will be minimally prepared for the veneers and you will leave with temporary ones in place. Once the lab has completed the permanent veneers, you will return for your second appointment to get the temporaries off and the permanent veneers bonded and cemented into place.
Caring for Your Veneers
Veneers require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a night guard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.