Veneers are the most popular method of improving the look of your smile. Porcelain veneers are translucent, thin laminates specifically made to improve the aesthetics of natural teeth, to correct crowding, or to replace composite bonding.
Veneers can beautify your smile by improving the color and shape of one or more of your teeth. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that’s bonded to a tooth, generally covering only its front and top.
Veneers can be used to close spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. And if your teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original look.
It takes two or more appointments to restore your teeth with veneers. On the first appointment, your teeth are shaped and roughened. From impressions, precise working models are made of your teeth. It’s on these models that the veneers are crafted to exactly fit your teeth.
On the second appointment, your prepared teeth are polished and cleaned. Then an adhesive is used to bond the veneers to your teeth. A harmless high-intensity light hardens the adhesive.
Once in place, veneers virtually become part of your teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth, because the bond is extremely strong. The final result is a more beautiful and natural looking smile!