Dental veneers are made from thin pieces of porcelain crafted to the shape of the tooth. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Typically considered a non-invasive cosmetic dental procedure, there are many benefits of custom veneers. A significant advantage is that they will match the color and texture of your natural teeth - they feel natural. Additionally, veneers can:
- Help align crooked or misaligned teeth
- Enhance the appearance and improve the surface of your teeth
- Close gaps and unwanted spaces between teeth
- Reshape and repair teeth that have been chipped or damaged
- Enhance your smile
- Whiten discolored or stained tooth enamel to create a beautiful uniform smile
- Correct teeth that are too small or large
What to Expect
Getting veneers for your teeth can change your entire appearance. You will need to pick out the kind you want before your first dental visit. The different types are:
- Lithium disilicate: A durable dental porcelain
- Pressed ceramic: Strong and thicker than other types of veneers
- Stacked ceramic: Customizable veneers using stacked ceramic
Talk to one of our dental professionals to see the best options for you. Free veneer consultations in our Pennsylvania, PA dental office are always available.
Getting dental veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken, and a shade match is determined by you and the dentist.
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to allow bonding cement to adhere between the veneer and the tooth. A special light beam is used to harden and set the bonding cement.
Here are a few things to keep in mind after your first veneer appointment.
- Porcelain veneers, on average, last 10-20 years when taken care of properly.
- Your new smile will be permanent and will last many years.
- However, just as natural teeth can become damaged or worn, the same can happen with porcelain veneers.
- You should practice regular brushing and flossing just as you would with natural teeth to prevent cavities and stains.
Your First Visit
Your first visit is to prepare your teeth for the veneers. They will be cleaned and shaped so that the veneers will fit perfectly over them. Once the color, size, and shape have been determined by you, the dentist will then send a plaster cast to the lab. You will receive care instructions from our dental office after the veneer procedure is complete.