Dental veneers are an easy way to fix chips, discolorated teeth, gaps, and even misaligned teeth so you can feel confident showing off your smile again. However, please note they are not a solution for restoring extremely damaged teeth.
Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that sit on the front layer of your teeth. They can change the shape and length of your teeth, and improve the color. Veneers are sometimes made of resin when bonding is used to perfect a smile.
A single veneer can be placed to cover just one tooth. However, if you want to improve the appearance of your entire smile, you may need to have a full set (6-8 teeth) of veneers. A complete set will ensure that all the teeth that show when you smile are the same size, color, and shape.
How are veneers made?
Although veneers can be placed directly on the teeth, doing so will make the teeth thicker and may not be aesthetically desirable. Therefore, preparation of your natural teeth to allow for a minimum thickness of porcelain is usually needed. This generally involves scraping down a thin layer of enamel from each tooth receiving the veneer.
Our dentists will then take impressions for exact measurements and send them to a lab. When your veneers are ready, we’ll place them over your existing teeth using a thin cement, matching them all in size, shape, and color.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
To be a good candidate for veneers, you must have healthy teeth and gums. If you have cavities or gum disease, we recommend improving your oral health before implementing any cosmetic improvements.
How do I care for my veneers?
Caring for veneers is very similar to caring for your regular teeth. We recommend brushing and flossing every day and adhering to your twice-yearly dental exam schedule.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers are durable and can last for 15 or more years with proper and consistent care.