Dental veneers are thin covers placed over the front teeth to improve the colour and shape of the front teeth. They can be used to restore chipped or broken teeth as well as heavily stained teeth. Also, they can reshape teeth so that they have a more pleasing shape, and thereby improving the cosmetics of the smile.
There are two common types of veneers
- Porcelain veneers
- Composite Resin Veneers
– This type of veneers is more durable. It helps prevent the development of stains better, and uses materials that match very closely with the colour of your original teeth.
– This type of veneers is applied directly on the teeth to create the thin layers of shells, instead of being made in a laboratory.
Porcelain veneers require a minimum of two visits to the dentist. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth shaving a thin portion of the tooth away to make space for the veneers. How much needs to be removed depends on the shade and position of the teeth. After that, an impression of the teeth is taken, and this impression will then be sent to the dental laboratory to create the veneers. While waiting for the veneers to be fabricated, the dentist will make a temporary veneer to protect the prepared tooth, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth before the next visit.
In your next visit, the temporary veneers are removed and replaced with the new veneers. The fit and aesthetics of the veneers are carefully checked prior to being cemented with a special adhesive.