Porcelain veneers are a shell made from thin high-quality ceramic that are bonded to the top and front part of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are a great option to esthetically improve the appearance of crooked, misshapen, misaligned, chipped or discolored teeth. They are a popular solution because the results are relatively easy to achieve and the only thing others will notice is the improvement in appearance.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove some enamel from the tooth surface, roughly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Next, your dentist will take an impression and make a model of your tooth. This model is sent out to the dental laboratory that was carefully chosen to make your veneer. A temporary veneer will be made for you in office to be worn while the lab creates your permanent veneer.
When your permanent veneer arrives, you will return to our office to have it seated permanently. Before permanently placing the veneer, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. Special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. With regular care and hygiene maintenance visits, your veneer will be part of your natural-looking smile for many years to come.