Giving You the Smile of your Dreams
What do heart throbs George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, and Catherine Zeta-Jones all have in common? They all have veneers on their teeth! But there is absolutely no reason you too can’t have a movie-star smile! Veneers have undergone great improvements recently and are one of the most powerful ways to improve your overall appearance.
What are veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin coverings made of ceramic porcelain or a composite resin material. They are bonded to the front of teeth to conceal discolorations or to reshape teeth. Veneers can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
Who is a good candidate for veneers?
Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline or damage due to an injury. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years. If, however, the tooth being covered is quite dark, the thin veneer may not be able to mask the discoloring. In that case, a dental crown may be a better option.
What happens during the procedure?
To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Veneers need to be attached to enamel, however, so not too much of the tooth surface is removed. Application of composite resin veneers can generally be completed in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. If needed, a temporary veneer can be placed.
When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the results, and pay particular attention to the color. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement.