Veneers have become a buzzword and for good reason. Simple, fast and painless your smile can become movie star perfect in 2 dental visits.
What are Dental Veneers?Veneers are often referred to as "Instant Orthodontics". Think you need braces? A substantial aesthetic effect can be obtained with a veneer and minimal tooth preparation is required. A dental veneer is a thin layer of synthetic material (porcelain or composite) that is bonded to the tooth's surface. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. Common problems that Veneers will address:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
Applying VeneersVeneers are applied to the teeth in 2 visits to the dentist:
- Visit # 1 Veneer Preparation: The teeth are prepared by removing 0.3 to 0.5 mm of enamel (the thickness of a fingernail) to allow room for the veneer layer. An impression of the teeth is taken and sent to the specialized dental laboratory that will create the veneers.
- Visit #2 Veneer Bonding: Bonding involves all the steps that permanently attach the veneer to the tooth. After a cleaning of the tooth, the veneer is bonded to the tooth with a special dental cement. This dental cement is then hardened with an ultra violet light.