Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth, improving their appearance and enhancing their strength and durability. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin materials and are bonded to the teeth using a strong adhesive.
Dental veneers can be used to address a range of cosmetic concerns, including chipped, cracked, or stained teeth, gaps between teeth, and teeth that are misaligned or misshapen. They are often used as a cosmetic alternative to orthodontic treatment or other more lengthy dental procedures.
The process of placing dental veneers typically involves two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth for the veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of the teeth. This allows the veneers to fit properly and bond securely to the teeth. The dentist will then take impressions of the teeth and send them to a dental laboratory where the veneers will be custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth.
During the second appointment, the veneers will be bonded to the teeth using a strong adhesive. The dentist will first ensure that the veneers fit properly and that the colour and shape match the patient’s natural teeth. The teeth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched to create a strong bond between the veneers and the teeth. The veneers will be placed on the teeth and a special light will be used to cure the adhesive, creating a secure and long-lasting bond.
Dental veneers offer several advantages over other cosmetic dental procedures. They are a minimally invasive treatment option that can achieve dramatic results, and they can be completed in just two appointments. They are also durable and long-lasting when properly cared for and can improve the strength and functionality of the teeth.