Dental Veneers

Dental veneer patient

A dental veneer is a thin layer of synthetic material (porcelain or composite) that is bonded to the tooth’s surface. Veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics.” Amazing aesthetic results can be obtained through the application of veneers, and minimal tooth preparation is required during the process. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.

Procedure

Veneers are applied to the teeth in two visits to the office:

Visit #1: Veneer Preparation

The teeth are prepared by removing 0.3 to 0.5 mm of enamel (about the thickness of a fingernail) to allow room for the veneer layer. An impression of the teeth is taken and sent to a specialized dental laboratory that will create the veneers.

Visit #2: Veneer Bonding

Bonding involves all the steps that permanently attach the veneer to the tooth. After a cleaning of the tooth, the veneer is bonded to the tooth with a special dental cement. This dental cement is then hardened with a blue curing light.

Common problems that veneers can address:

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