What ARe Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are slim custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve their appearance.
They are made of tooth colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained.
Alternatively, they can be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth if they are crooked, misshapen, or there are spaces between the teeth.
What is the process of getting porcelain veneers?
Two visits to your dentist are typically required for porcelain veneers.
At the first visit, three important steps are completed.
First, the teeth are prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the teeth so the veneer can be bonded on top.
Second, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer.
Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed.
This temporary veneer will protect your teeth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed.
Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well.
It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand.
Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.