Veneers are thin, but strong, beautiful shells or coverings that are adhered to the front of teeth. They are usually made of porcelain, glass ceramic, or zirconia material. Veneers can be used to improve and idealize tooth color, shape, position, and texture. Each veneer is custom made based on your individual teeth.
When to consider veneers:
- You have cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth.
- Your teeth are discolored and you are unable to achieve your ideal whiteness through bleaching alone.
- You want to correct minor spaces, crowding or misalignments without orthodontically moving teeth.
- You want to change an irregular tooth to match and blend with the rest of your dentition.
- You desire a flawless, harmonious smile.
- Veneers are a very effective way to transform a smile in a short amount of time.
- The material properties of veneers closely mimic that of the natural tooth which makes this a beautiful and natural looking treatment option.
- Veneers are made from materials that are longer lasting than bonded composite resin.
- Veneers are more financially costly, per tooth, than composite resin bonding, due to the workmanship and superior materials used to create the veneer.
- Sometimes small amounts of enamel must be removed from the natural tooth to create appropriate space for and adhesion of the veneer.
- Veneers require two appointments. The first is for preparing the teeth, making impressions or molds of the mouth, and creating temporary veneers. The second appointment occurs about one week later, in which the temporary veneers are taken off and replaced by the permanent veneers.
Many people who consider veneers also consider composite resin bonding, teeth whitening, and straightening the teeth using Invisalign.