A great option for changing the appearance of your teeth is with porcelain veneers. These wafer-thin, custom-made shells are designed to cover the front of the teeth and are tooth-colored to blend in with the natural teeth. They can be used to change the color, shape, size, or length of the teeth, treating issues such as:
It normally takes two to three visits to the dentist to have veneers placed. More than one tooth can be treated at a time.
To receive veneers, the teeth being treated will have to be prepared. This requires about ½ a millimeter of the enamel to be removed to allow room for the veneer. (The area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.) The dentist will then make a model or impression of your tooth, which is sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers will be made.
Once the veneers come back from the dental lab after 2-4 weeks, they will be temporarily placed on the tooth to check for fit and color. To prepare the teeth to receive the veneers, they will be cleaned, polished, and etched. A special cement is used to place the veneer on the tooth and a special light beam is used to cure (harden) it. To finish off the procedure, excess cement will be removed, the bite will be evaluated, and final adjustments made as necessary to the veneers. You may need to return for a follow-up visit so that your dentist can check on how your gums are responding to the veneers and check their placement.