Veneers are a simple option for improving your smile. Veneers are thin covers, placed over the front part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth and are used to correct different dental issues.
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Stained teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
Veneers can be made of porcelain or resin material. Your dentist can help you choose the material best for you. Different materials have different benefits.
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are fitted to the tooth. They are strong and long-lasting, they have a natural-looking surface, there is less enamel to be removed with a crown or a cap, and they do not stain easily.
How Porcelain Veneers are Placed
The dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth to make room for the veneer and keeps the tooth looking natural. The dentist will make an impression or mold of the tooth and that will be sent to a dental lab to make custom porcelain veneers. You may be given temporary veneers to wear while waiting in the lab. On the next visit, the dentist will place the veneers on the tooth and ensure the fit and shape. The teeth are cleaned, and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are made from a filling material, colored to match the teeth. The benefits of resin veneers are there is less enamel needed to be removed, which means fewer visits to the dentist. They are less costly than porcelain veneers and they are easier to fix if they are damaged, but they are not as strong as porcelain veneers.