A veneer is a thin porcelain or ceramic cover for the front of your teeth. Veneers are a solution to a variety of dental issues including chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, teeth that appear too small, uneven or worn tooth edges, and staining that doesn't respond to teeth whitening. We custom make veneers to fit each patient’s mouth using state-of-the-art technology and materials that are tinted to match your own teeth for a completely natural-looking result.
Veneers will look just like your natural teeth, but better. Usually, patients need to make 2 visits to the dentist for veneer installation. In the first visit, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth so the veneer can be created to fit your teeth exactly. The dentist will need to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth surfaces. This makes sure that the veneers won’t be too thick or stick out further than the other teeth once they are attached. On the second visit, the dentist will permanently attach your custom veneer to your teeth.
Veneers typically last for at least 7 years, but with proper care, many patients have the same veneers for as long as 20 years. Taking good care of your teeth and seeing the dentist twice per year for checkups is the best way to lengthen the life of your veneers. Veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth, so if you need to have replacement veneers, the dentist will take care of the removal and replacement so that the natural teeth are not left unprotected.
No, you can care for your veneer the same way you take care of your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings. As with your natural teeth, avoid biting ice or hard candies to prevent chips and call the office if any issues develop.