What are veneers?
Veneers are a quick way to get a beautiful smile and are perfect for people with teeth that are stained, chipped or have gaps. But veneers are an irreversible treatment, so having them placed is a big decision.
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth's original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.
Why choose veneers?
Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to:
enhance the brightness of their teeth
straighten their smile
repair fractures or chips
What material are veneers?
The most commonly used material for veneers is porcelain. This material is preferable for correcting issues of shape or color and because it can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
Oak Lane Dental uses custom-made veneers because they match and fit better for individual patients, as opposed to some offices who place prefabricated veneers. The process typically takes two to three appointments.
Local anesthesia is not usually required when placing veneers. However, depending on the patient's sensitivity, it can be used if needed. The dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade for the veneer. The dentist will remove a very small amount of the enamel of the tooth to provide room to place the veneer on the tooth.
An impression of the tooth will be made for the laboratory and a temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth.
After the laboratory has delivered the porcelain veneer, the temporary veneer is removed, and the tooth is cleaned with pumice and water. The veneer is then etched, rinsed thoroughly with water and air-dried. The adhesive is placed on the preparation and then the cement and the veneer is placed for exact fit and contour.
The veneer is then cured with a special light for 60 seconds so it can attach to the tooth structure.
Your dentist will remove any excess material and polish the margins of the veneer.
Many dentists will schedule a follow-up visit to ensure your veneer fits comfortably.
Veneers require brushing twice a day and daily flossing, just like your regular teeth. We suggest using a non-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste.
Veneers can stain just like regular teeth. Stain-inducing foods and beverages should be limited and quitting smoking is highly-encouraged.
Keep in mind that veneers will need to be replaced at some point, no matter how well you take care of them. But proper oral hygiene will help them last as long as possible.