Sometimes called either porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, dental veneers are ultra-thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored ceramic materials that are bonded to the front of teeth in order to cover worn tooth enamel, teeth that are discolored, cracked or chipped and teeth that have uneven spacing, are out of alignment or worn down.
Dental veneers look natural, are stain resistant, and can make dark teeth appear whiter.
They give you an attractive, natural smile by creating teeth that are bright, white, aligned and shapely.
Dental veneers require only a minimal amount of tooth reduction and therefore are a more conservative alternative to dental crowns. Other than normal brushing and flossing, no special care is required.
Porcelain veneers are applied in two visits. At the first visit, the tooth is lightly buffed to allow for the small, added thickness of the veneer, usually about 1.5 millimeters of the tooth. Then a mold is taken, which is sent to a laboratory for fabrication of the veneer. Temporary veneers are placed to sustain the cosmetic appearance during the fabrication process.
On the second visit, the temporary is removed, and the restoration is fitted, bonded, and adjusted to fit your bite and smile. Once your veneers are permanently placed, they will feel like a natural part of your teeth, and you can use them just as you would your regular teeth. This procedure can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten inner satisfaction and self-esteem.