A veneer improves the appearance of a tooth by covering the visible front surface with a custom-made, tooth-colored porcelain overlay.
With proper care and good oral hygiene, a veneer has an average lifespan of 5-10 years.
A veneer is usually prescribed for a tooth that is:
● Discolored or stained
● Not a candidate for a crown
● Worn down, chipped or broken
● Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped It may also be prescribed to "fill the gap" between two otherwise healthy teeth.
After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed upon treatment is a dental veneer, during your first visit the Dentist will:
● Apply a local anesthetic to the affected area of your mouth
● Remove a small amount of enamel from the front and possibly sides of your tooth to make place for the veneer
● Take an impression of the tooth or teeth
● A temporary veneer will be bonded in place During the second visit the Dentist will:
● Remove the temporary veneer
● Clean and polish the tooth's front surface
● Bond the permanent veneer in place
● Expose the veneer to special hand-held light to harden the repaired surface of your tooth