Information About This Procedure
Dental veneers are customised, wafer-thin shells that are placed over your teeth to improve their appearance and give you more confidence to flash a beautiful smile.
You are a good candidate for tooth veneers if:
- your teeth are severely stained or discolored
- you teeth have very visible chip or crack
- you have unsightly gaps between your teeth
- your teeth are misshapen or slightly misaligned
The most popular type of veneers are those made of porcelain. One reason why they are greatly favored is because they are more stain-resistant and natural looking. Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients with healthy and decay-free teeth, no gum problems, and have sufficiently healthy tooth enamel. Individuals with properly aligned bite and do not habitually clench or grind their teeth also make a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
The other type of veneers are resin composite veneers which are thinner and requires less maintenance. Though they are not as stain-resistant as porcelain veneers, they are easy to repair when chipped or stained.
The average life span of porcelain veneers is 12 to 25 years, whereas resin veneers can last only for 4 to 8 years.
During initial visit, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to evaluate the extent of treatment needed. This is your time to convey your goals and ask what options are available for you.
In preparing the veneer, your dentist will first remove about half a millimeter of the enamel from your teeth. An impression or mold of your teeth will be taken and sent to a lab to prepare the veneers. This part usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.
When the veneers are ready, you dentist will check the fit and color of the veneers and prepare the teeth by cleaning them thoroughly. The surface of your teeth will be roughened to improve the adhesion of the veneers. Using a special cement, your dentist will then attach the veneers on your teeth.
Benefits of veneers:
- provides natural tooth appearance
- improves smile
- increases confidence
- better looking shape and color of teeth
To know if you make a good candidate for dental crowns simply fill out our personal assessment form. A board-certified dental specialist will review your information and provide a price estimate for the procedure.