Veneers are made from a thin customized shell that covers the entire front surface of a tooth in order to improve its esthetic appearance. They are typically made of a tooth-colored material and can be used to improve the color of teeth or its shape and size.
Types of veneers
With two types of veneers to consider, Antioch dentists Dr. Lawrence Wu, Dr. Karam Abdou, Dr. Sepideh Khomjani, and Dr. Richard Marasco Jr. are here for your dental care needs. Porcelain veneers are more durable between the two and resist better to stains. The properties of porcelain also help to create a very natural tooth look. The second type, composite veneers, are not made in a laboratory but are directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span and are less expensive compared to porcelain veneers.
When to consider veneers...
- If your teeth are stained or discolored
- If your teeth are crooked or misshapen
- If your teeth have spaces between them
- If your teeth are broken or chipped
What to expect
Patients in need of dental veneers should expect two separate visits for porcelain veneers. At the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared to be fitted with the veneer, which involves trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Then, an impression is taken of your teeth, which will be sent to the laboratory for the final porcelain veneer. A temporary veneer will be provided in order to protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is being prepared.
At the second appointment, the temporary veneer will be replaced by the laboratory’s final veneer. The dentist will check to make sure the final veneer fits well before bonding it to your teeth. Once you and the dentist are completely satisfied with the look and feel of the final veneer, it will be permanently bonded to your tooth.