Although I recommend more conservative options like orthodontics, teeth whitening, and cosmetic finesse before the more invasive option of veneers there are times when it is the most appropriate choice.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth after the teeth have been altered or prepared to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
Teeth that are too small.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires multiple visits to complete the process. First we will take a digital mould of your teeth and have the laboratory create a digital mock up which is then 3D printed. At the next visit, we will try in the mock up temporarily and make sure you are happy with the shape and take photos to help decide on a color for the final veneers. At the 3rd visit we will numb and prepare the teeth for the veneers, take photographs for the laboratory and take multiple moulds. You will leave with a temporary restoration that you will not be able to floss but we will give specific instruction on how to keep your teeth clean. On the 4th visit we will numb you and place the veneers with final cement and take photos.
Some of the specific issues with veneers are:
- Teeth need to be altered permanently (drilled on) in order to place veneers.
- Veneers do not last forever and will likely need to be replaced in the future.
- Veneers are cemented on to the teeth, but it is possible for the cement to fail and for a veneer to pop off at any time.
- It is also possible for a veneer to crack, chip, or break - which will lead to more time in a temporary while a new veneer is fabricated at the lab.
It is for these reasons why I usually recommend more conservative options like orthodontics, whitening, and esthetic finesse which do not have these drawbacks.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.