Cosmetic veneers are thin shells placed over the visible surface of your teeth for cosmetic purposes. Teeth can become discolored for any number of reasons including natural aging, genetics, tobacco use and smoking, and even eating pigmented foods and beverages. Dentists apply veneers to cover discolored teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, chipped and broken teeth, and worn down teeth. So, the purpose of veneers is twofold. In addition to improving your smile, it also helps protect your tooth from further damage.
In a dental consultation, your veneer dentist will both physically examine your teeth and take x-rays to make sure you’re a good candidate for cosmetic veneers. To prepare the tooth to receive a veneer, the dentist will have to file down some enamel on the tooth. The dentist will also make an impression of your tooth which will be sent to a lab for the creation of your veneer. Because veneers are usually cosmetic procedures, you typically don’t require a temporary veneer while you wait for the permanent one to come in.
Once the permanent veneer comes in, the dentist will clean and prime the tooth to receive the veneer. He will then position it on the tooth and bond it using dental cement. Nowadays, laser cosmetic dentistry can use laser technology to activate the chemicals in the veneer to activate the bonding process to the tooth.
Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain or a composite resin material. Composite resin veneers are typically used for non-permanent types.
The best dentists in cosmetic dentistry will be able to give you cosmetic veneers of a shade that is consistent with your other teeth. This helps it blend in well so it isn’t obvious to others that you’ve had cosmetic dental work done. Veneers can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years when you maintain good oral hygiene.