Dental veneers are created from an ultra thin piece of porcelain or porcelain composite that is cemented to your natural teeth. Each veneer is only about as thick as a contact lens, which allows it to match the profile of your other teeth.
A veneer is similar to a crown in some ways, but a crown covers the whole tooth and the veneer covers just one side and is primarily used for your front teeth. The main purpose of a veneer is usually cosmetic, but they can also help with physical issues like cracks or chips.
The most common uses for veneers include:
First, before you get any veneers, it is best to have your teeth whitened so your veneer will match your newly whitened teeth. If you whiten after the veneer, your teeth will change, but the veneer won’t.
The dental veneer process typically requires two appointments.
During your first appointment, Dr. George will determine if you qualify for a minimally invasive (no preparation veneer), or if he will need to remove some tooth enamel for your veneers to fit properly. If reduction is necessary, less than .5mm of enamel will be removed in order for the new veneer to sit flush with the surface of your natural teeth.
Next, Dr. George will create a mold of the teeth getting veneers. This mold is then sent to a dental lab where your veneers are made to perfectly match the shape, and size of the teeth they will cover.
When the veneer is ready in a week or two, your second appointment is to have your veneer fixed permanently into place. Dr. George will complete the process using a curing light to harden the adhesive.
This can depend on the patient, but most patients get at least a decade of use from their veneers before replacement is required. Some veneers may even last as long as 20 years. If a veneer gets worn or damaged, Dr. George can easily create a replacement.
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