Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. Porcelain veneers can cover many unattractive teeth problems including:
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
- Teeth with uneven surfaces or small holes
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
Getting porcelain veneers usually requires two visits to your dentist. During the first visit, the teeth are lightly buffed to prepare for the veneers. Since porcelain veneers will add a slight thickness to the tooth, buffing is required to reduce the tooth slightly. A mold or impression is then taken of the teeth and you and your dentist will select a shade or color for the veneers. The impression and color selection are then used to create the veneers. Temporary veneers are sometimes placed to be worn until your permanent veneers are ready.
During your second, the teeth are cleansed with special chemicals to ensure a strong bond. The porcelain veneer is then attached to the tooth with bonding cement. A special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.