Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells of porcelain or composite placed over the top of the facial surfaces of the teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven alignment or spacing issues, discoloration, chips or cracks. Veneer placement requires the permanent alteration — or “shaping” — of the host tooth/teeth. (Minimal preparation veneers offer an alternative to traditional veneers in that they require less preparation of the natural teeth; however they too are more invasive than whitening.)
The veneer procedure varies from case to case, but is typically completed over a six week period and two dental visits — each of which can last several hours. The initial visit involves a diagnostic evaluation to ensure that there are no oral health concerns that may affect treatment, in addition to selecting veneer color from a shade chart. Some dentists use outside labs for veneer fabrication, while others use in-office CAD/CAM technology to fabricate onsite in a single visit. Depending on your dentist, temporary veneers may be used between visits.
During the actual procedure appointment, a local anesthetic is administered to minimize discomfort. After placement your dentist will speak with you about how best to maximize the longevity of your veneers. This includes avoiding overly abrasive toothpastes and biting down on hard objects. If treated properly, veneers can last 15 years or longer before needing replaced.
Are you a Candidate?
Dental veneer candidacy relies heavily on the health of the smile. If you have no underlying problems such as decay or gum disease, you stand a better chance of qualifying for veneer treatment.
Dental veneers offer additional benefits such as correcting more severe smile concerns such as uneven teeth, crowding, gaps, chips, cracks, etc.
Speak with a specialist Dr Sarantopoulos to determinate if veneers are the best option for you.