Types of veneers
There are two types of veneers that are commonly used. Porcelain veneers are more durable, and resist stains better. The properties of the material also helps to create a very natural tooth look. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are directly applied to the teeth and typically have a shorter life span, and are less expensive.
When should you consider dental veneers?
You talk to you dentist about dental veneers if
- Your teeth are stained or discolored teeth
- Your teeth are crooked or misshaped teeth
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
How it's done
One visit to your dentist is typically required for porcelain veneers. At this visit, three important steps are completed. Firstly, your tooth is prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an optical impression is taken of your tooth which will be sent to a milling unit to prepare the veneer. Finally, the new veneer will be checked to see if it fits well. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.