What are Veneers?
Dental Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that are bonded to front teeth. They can be used for cosmetic purposes to close gaps and change the contour or shape of the tooth. Veneers may also be used for front teeth that have chipped or cracked. Veneers offer a minimally invasive, and safe way to rejuvenate a worn or aged smile.
Veneers are made of porcelain and bonded to natural tooth structure. Modern dental porcelains are extremely durable and will last many years. Also, porcelain offers the translucency and overall esthetic appearance of natural teeth.
What Can Patients Expect?
Veneers take a minimum of two visits for the actual procedure. Once a patient decides veneers are the right treatment, we will take an impression of your teeth prior to the procedure. This impression will act as a guide from which a lab technician can create a wax model of the final veneers. Also, from this wax model, we can create temporary composite veneers.
When a patient comes in for the first time, their teeth are prepared for the veneers. Preparation involves a very minimal amount enamel, just millimeters, removed from the surface of the teeth. The preparation makes room for the veneers that will be cemented in place over the natural tooth. Once the preparation is complete we will take a final impression, which the lab technician will use the fabricate the veneers. Dr. Martin will often use his 3D digital impression system, CEREC. This enables him to digitally send the impression to the lab. It also eliminates the need to use messy and uncomfortable impression material that has to set in the mouth. Finally we will use a template of the wax up model to create temporary composite veneers.
During the second visit, we will try in the porcelain veneer to make sure the fit and color are precise. Once satisfied with the try-in, the veneers will be bonded to the the teeth.
Because of the durability of modern dental porcelains, veneers can last a long time. While 10 years used to be average, no dental veneers last much longer.