Dental veneers are tooth-coloured, thin, custom-made shells that are designed to become bonded to teeth in order to improve both their function and appearance. They are most commonly used to fix teeth with gaps, misalignment, irregular shaping, chips/breaks, wear, and discolouration.
While dental veneers are most often placed under the cosmetic category of dental procedures because they can whiten, shape, and align teeth, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth. The durability and stain resistance of veneers make them a competitive treatment in increasing the aesthetics of your smile.
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mould or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.