Veneers are thin layers of porcelain – about the width of a contact lens – that fit over your existing teeth to improve your smile. This cosmetic procedure provides you with durable and long-lasting veneers that make you feel more confident about your smile.
Veneers can’t replace teeth or resolve decay. But, veneers can improve the look of your teeth. Consider veneers if you have:
Crowns and braces can correct some of these problems too, but veneers offer a quicker and easier solution.
What is the process for getting veneers placed?
If you and the doctor decide that veneers are the right step for you, you’ll need two more visits to finish the process.
At the first visit, the dentist will examine your mouth, take X-rays, and make an impression of your mouth and teeth to serve as the veneer model. The dentist sends the impression off to a laboratory to have the veneers crafted.
At the second visit, the dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. He will file down just about one-half millimeter of enamel – about the width of construction paper – to make room for the overlay. Before he bonds the veneers into place, he’ll check the color and fit to ensure you get a natural looking and feeling fit. Once the veneers are just right, he cements them permanently into place.
You usually don’t require any local anesthesia during the impression making or veneer placement. But, talk to the dentists about your comfort level and concerns.
You may be asked to make a final follow-up appointment to make sure the fit and look of your veneers is just right.
Regular brushing and flossing, as well as your annual dental exams, keep your veneers looking and feeling their best. With good care, they typically last between 7-15 years before they need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers do resist stain, but could discolor with too much exposure to coffee or red wine.