A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its esthetics or to protect a damaged tooth.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Done?
Porcelain veneers generally require two office visits. On the first visit, the enamel on the existing tooth may be reduced to help make room for the veneer.
An impression of the reduced tooth is taken so that the porcelain veneer can be constructed in the in-house dental lab.
On your second visit, the remaining enamel surface of the tooth and inside portion of the constructed veneer are etched and coated with a resin cement, and the veneer is bonded to place on the tooth.
Once placed, a high-intensity light is projected on the veneer to harden the bonding material that cements it in place. The resulting veneer looks like a natural tooth, and the surrounding gum tissue is healthy.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are considered the ideal choice for enhancing most smiles. Veneers can be used to correct an array of cosmetic issues such as worn teeth, discoloration, and chipped or uneven teeth. If you crave a gorgeous smile veneers might be right for you. Porcelain veneers can provide more proportional accuracy than bonding, and will not stain or chip as frequently as bonding.
Maintaining Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers should be treated like normal teeth with a few exceptions. Avoid ripping or tearing motions such as using your veneers as a tool for biting nails or opening plastic bags. Avoid biting down on nuts, ice, finger nails or other hard items, as this can damage dental veneers.
Remember, veneers are attached to the front of your tooth, so any movement that causes the veneer to twist or pull away from your natural tooth is to be avoided. A yearly fluoride treatment is also recommended.