Veneers are becoming more popular by the day, and maybe you are considering getting them put on your teeth. Here are the answers to some questions you may have about veneers, such as what they’re made of, how a dentist puts them on your teeth, and what they can do for your smile.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells, often made of porcelain or a resin composite, that are permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
How Are Veneers Bonded to Your Teeth?
After consulting your dentist, they can begin the process of giving you veneers.
- Your dentist will remove about ½ millimeter tooth enamel from the surface of your teeth to make space for the veneers.
- An impression of your teeth will be created and sent to a dental lab where your veneers will be made. This can take a week or two.
- The dentist will see how the veneers look on your teeth, trimming and coloring them when necessary.
- After your teeth are cleaned and polished, their surface will be etched to aid the bonding process.
- A dental cement is applied to the veneer which is then placed on the tooth. The dentist applies a special light beam that activates chemicals in the cement so it will harden quickly once the veneer is correctly positioned.
- Your dentist will clean off excess cement, analyze your bite, and make other adjustments to the veneers.
What Can Veneers Do For My Teeth?
If your teeth are crooked, stained, or chipped, then veneers may be the solution for you. Veneers can change the shape of your smile and whiten your teeth. Gums usually respond well to them and veneers look natural.