What are Veneers?
Veneers, thin shells bonded to the fronts of teeth, are a cosmetic treatment used by our dentist to permanently conceal imperfections such as cracks, chips, gaps, stains and improper tooth rotation and spacing. When patients opt for this treatment, they receive long-term improvements to their appearance that can raise their confidence at home and in the workplace. Still, what are veneers? Here is a deeper look at this versatile cosmetic procedure.
The Benefits and Uses of Veneers
What are veneers used for? The answer is truly impressive: Veneers can be used to conceal virtually all aesthetic dental imperfections. When teeth suffer structural damage due to long-term untreated decay or physical trauma, veneers can be placed to not only hide the damage but also add strength and protection. Patients whose teeth are affected by internal staining caused by tooth decay can also benefit from veneers after trying teeth whitening, which is effective for superficial stains but unable to address internal discoloration. In some cases, patients can also use veneers as a cosmetic alternative to orthodontic treatments, which tend to be more expensive in terms of both time and money.
How Veneers Are Bonded to Teeth
Veneers placement begins when our dentist takes dental impressions, which are sent to a lab where the veneers are made. Once the veneers are sent to our dentist, patients return to our office to have their veneers placed. The procedure starts with teeth preparation, in which our dentist removes some enamel to make way for the veneers. Next, our dentist places the veneers on the teeth and confirms that they fit correctly. Finally, our dentist uses bonding cement to attach the veneers to the teeth and cures the cement with a dental light.
What are veneers? They are a comprehensive solution to common dental imperfections that can make a beautiful smile unsightly. To learn more about the advantages of veneers and how they can conceal specific issues, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.