Veneers are porcelain facings that help maintain a permanent beautiful white smile. Porcelain veneers are an ultra-thin shell of ceramic material that is bonded to the front of the teeth. This procedure usually requires little or no anesthesia. It is an ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains caused by coffee, tea and cigarette smoke.
At the first visit the doctor determines if the patient is a good candidate for veneers. The course of treatment is also discussed and x-rays are taken. Once a plan is in place, the next appointment is scheduled. At this appointment, the tooth is prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel. The doctor makes an impression of the prepared tooth to send to the laboratory where the permanent veneers are designed. A temporary veneer is put on the tooth until the permanent one is placed, which is approximately three weeks later.
Porcelain veneers are effective solutions for chipped, cracked or worn teeth. They can also close gaps or hide discolored teeth and straighten slightly misaligned teeth without braces. This is one way to gain more confidence and brighten your smile.