Porcelain Veneers

A VENEER is a very thin tooth colored custom shell that is bonded to the surface of the prepared tooth. Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of front teeth by masking discoloration, repairing chips or fractures, and by making slight changes in position or alignment. Veneers can be used to repair teeth, or to cosmetically improve them.

Veneer Procedure

Veneers require two appointments.  During the first appointment the area is anesthetized and a preliminary impression is taken of the teeth being veneered. The dentist will then prepare the teeth by removing a very thin layer of the teeth to make room for the custom porcelain veneers. This allows the veneers to look natural, without appearing bulky, as they would if  a thin layer of tooth was not removed. Impressions will be taken of the prepared teeth and the opposing teeth for submission to the dental lab. The preliminary impression will be used to fabricate temporary veneers that will be bonded in place and worn while the permanent veneers are being made at the lab.

At the second appointment the temporary veneers will be removed and the final restorations will be tried in and adjusted. The veneers will be permanently bonded to the surface of the teeth and you will be able to chew with them as soon as you leave the office!