Veneers are custom-made thin laminates that are typically used on front (anterior) teeth to cover stains from tooth development, environmental factors and/or age. They can also reshape chipped or broken teeth, change the color of the tooth, and fill spaces between the teeth. Veneers are used for cosmetic procedures and can help you to achieve your “ideal” smile.
Veneers can be completed in two appointments. At your first appointment, a mold of the tooth and surrounding area must be taken and sent to a lab where they will create a custom veneer in any shade you prefer. A temporary veneer would be made in the office for you to wear until your permanent veneer is completed. At the second appointment, the temporary veneer is removed and the permanent veneer is placed. When placing the veneer, a small amount of enamel must be removed from the tooth surface to allow the veneer to adhere to the tooth. This process does make a veneer an irreversible procedure.
Veneers are not part of your natural tooth structure, so extra care should be given when brushing and flossing to ensure the veneers last. Proper home care and regular cleaning appointments are very important.