Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist.
Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. But for many people the results are more than worth it.
Source: American Dental Association / MouthHealthy.org
There’s no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth, or with teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked.
Dr. Perott’s Guide to Veneers
There’s no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. Today a veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct nature’s mistake or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful smile.
Porcelain Veneers and Bonding
Both bonding and veneers help create a naturally beautiful smile. Bonding and veneers are two ways we can address cosmetic imperfections in your teeth. In bonding, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the surface of your tooth and then hardened with a special light.
Bonding is usually used to repair minor cosmetic problems like a chipped tooth or small crack. The plastic material used for bonding comes in many shades so we can match your natural tooth color. Bonding usually lasts 3 to 10 years.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented onto the front of the tooth. Veneers may be used to cover worn tooth enamel or badly stained teeth, to make uneven teeth look straighter, to eliminate gaps between teeth, or to repair more severe chips and cracks.
In some cases a veneer can protect the surface of a damaged tooth, eliminating the need for a crown. Veneers generally last 5 to 10 years and are more stain resistant and stronger than bonding.
How do I care for bonding and dental veneers?
Veneers and bonding don’t require a lot of special care, but because their edges stop at the gumline, your teeth are still vulnerable to gum disease. That means it’s important to keep your gumline clean and healthy with daily brushing and flossing.