A veneer is a thin covering made from dental material, either composite resin or porcelain, shaped to look like the outer surface of the tooth or teeth you are covering. Dental veneers are artificial coverings made to precisely fit your teeth in a dental lab. To create your veneers, we take multiple impressions of your teeth. Natural teeth will need buffing so that the veneers can fit comfortably on the tooth.
Once you’ve discussed veneers with our dentist and decided that veneers are the best option for you, the veneer process will start!
At your first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth to make molds from them. We will send these molds to the dental lab with the specific details of how you would like to change your teeth. Veneers can change multiple characteristics of your teeth, such as:
- Closing gaps
- Elongating naturally shorter teeth
- Covering minor or major chips in teeth
- Making crooked teeth straight
- Changing the overall coloring and shade of your teeth
After it has been decided all that you want to be changed, the dental lab will work to complete veneers that fit your wants and needs. At this appointment, the dentist will also buffer the front surface of your teeth, preparing you for placement. You will be given temporary veneers or coverings for your teeth until the next appointment.
At your 2nd appointment, which is the last in the veneer process, we will carefully fit the veneers onto the teeth to ensure accurate measurements and shades. Once everything is perfect, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth using strong dental material.