Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin that are cemented over the front of the teeth to change their color and appearance. Veneers are typically used on teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly-shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than tooth bonding, and are highly resistant to staining. All these factors make them a preferred treatment of our Lenoir dentist patients.
Does Everyone Qualify for Veneers?
Unfortunately, dental veneers are not appropriate for all candidates. Situations which may exclude the possibility of veneers include:
- Unhealthy teeth which have been eroded by gum disease and decay
- Weakened teeth which lack the necessary amount of base enamel
- Teeth that are severely misaligned
Only one of our Lenoir dentists can determine if veneers are an appropriate choice for your teeth, so be sure to schedule an appointment with us if you are considering this treatment.
Our Veneer Treatment Process
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. First, your dentist will determine if veneers are the right solution for your smile. Then, he or she will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory for fabrication. If your teeth are extremely stained or damaged, your dentist will be able to place a temporary veneer for you to wear during the waiting period. (If your veneers will be made of composite resin, your dentist will usually be able to sculpt and bond them on-site during your second appointment. However, the majority of veneers are made of porcelain, because it is more durable, long-lasting, and impervious to stains.)
Once your veneers are ready for application, your dentist will lightly buff your teeth so that the veneers can adhere to them more easily. Usually, about one millimeter of the tooth surface will be removed. Then, your dentist will carefully place each veneer over your teeth to verify that the fit and color match those of the original teeth. When your dentist is satisfied with the veneer’s fit and appearance, he or she will apply a cement bond beneath them, and cure the cement with a light beam for about 60 seconds.
Interested in getting veneers? Click here to request an appointment at our Lenoir cosmetic dentist office.