Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers

What is a dental veneer?

Veneers are thin shells that are glued on the visible surface of the treated teeth.  They are usually used to improve the aesthetic of the smile by changing the shape or the color of the teeth.  Dental veneers can also close the space between two teeth or conceal a slight overlap.

Composite veneers

Composite resin veneers are made in one appointment directly at your dentist’s office. The dentist reduces the visible surface of the tooth if needed.

Composite resin matching the color of the adjacent teeth is applied to the prepared surface.  A LED light hardens the composite that is then adjusted and polished to give it a glossy finish.  Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers but they usually don’t last as long.  In fact, composite tends to lose its luster over time.

Porcelain veneers

Two separate appointments are usually necessary for this type of restoration.  The dentist removes a thin layer of the enamel, then takes a dental impression that is sent to the laboratory in order to make the dental veneers.  These are cemented on your teeth with an adhesive during the second visit. Porcelain veneers offer excellent surface finish and are more resistant to stains.

It is possible to have them done in a single appointment with CEREC technology.  With this technology, the veneers are made on site.  The duration of the appointment is longer since there is a period for the milling of the veneer with the CEREC machine.

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