Dental Veneers —
A Quick & Effective Treatment to Transform Your Smile
Dental veneers are a quick and effective treatment for chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. The veneer is made of a thin molding, bonded to the front surface of the tooth to improve its appearance. They are custom-made to fit the size and shape of the tooth. Dental veneers are generally made from porcelain or resin material.
What Kinds of Problems do Dental Veneers Fix?
Dental veneers are designed to fix the overall appearance of the teeth for a whiter or straighter smile. Veneers usually repair:
How Does The Process Work?
You will first have an initial consultation with your dentist to determine whether dental veneers are the best course of treatment. In order to get an accurate sizing and color for the veneer, your dentist will trim down a small portion of your tooth to create a mold of your teeth. The mold will be sent to the lab, which will then prepare your veneers.
Once your veneers are ready (about 2 weeks after the initial appointment), you will have your veneers attached. Your dentist will clean your mouth thoroughly before cementing the veneer onto the teeth. The process can take up to two hours.
What Are The Different Types of Dental Veneers?
The main types of dental veneers are porcelain veneers, composite resin, and no-prep veneers.
Porcelain veneers are made of a hard ceramic and used primarily for teeth whitening. The porcelain is placed overtop the teeth in a thin layer to improve the appearance of the teeth and transform their natural whiteness. This procedure can also help strengthen the teeth and restore broken-down enamel.
Composite veneers are a more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. They are made out of a tooth-colored plastic filling that is sculpted to the shape of the tooth. Composite veneers are typically used for smaller fixes such as chipped teeth or to fill gaps.
These veneers require no anesthetic to apply and are much less invasive than other types of dental veneers. They are a brand of porcelain veneers created from a material known as Cerinate, or Lumineers, and are used mostly for tooth discoloration.