Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are bonded onto the front of teeth to create an attractive appearance. Each veneer is custom made in a dental lab, and its color and shape is unique to the patient. They are often used in place of crowns, and are very durable, often lasting for many years.
- Porcelain veneers are used to help address these common cosmetic dental issues:
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Stained or badly discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too big or too small
- The process for getting porcelain veneers is very straightforward and only requires two visits. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared for the veneers by lightly buffing and shaping the surface. A mold of the teeth is then made, and with your dentist’s help, you will choose a color for the veneer. On the second visit, the teeth are cleaned to allow the veneers to bond strongly to your teeth, and a special type of dental cement is placed between the tooth and veneer. The cement is exposed to a special light, which hardens and sets the bond.