Veneers are a great method for making instant improvements to the appearance of a person’s smile. Consisting of thin, wafer-like shells, veneers are applied on the front surface of a person’s teeth in order to immediately correct noticeable flaws. By using veneers, we are able to easily correct issues such as misshapen, damaged and uneven teeth. Because of their amazing simplicity and general versatility, more and more patients are choosing veneers as their preferred form of cosmetic dental treatment.
Veneers have many applications in cosmetic dentistry, including:
- Adjusting the color of teeth
- Correcting crooked and misshapen teeth
- Repairing chipped or damaged teeth
- Making adjustments in size and shape
Once applied on a person’s teeth, veneers are nearly invisible, as they provide the appearance of healthy, white tooth enamel. Since veneers are constructed from special stain-resistant materials, they are usually not prone to being discolored because of contact with tobacco products and dark-colored beverages like coffee, wine and juice. When cared for properly, a set of veneers should last for about ten years. Our practice offers both porcelain and composite veneers, as well as the Lumineers brand of veneers.
When applying veneers, the first step is to shave off a small amount of tooth enamel on any tooth that is designated for treatment. This is done to make space for the veneers. Next, an etching solution is applied to the teeth. This roughens their outer surfaces and helps the veneers bond more easily. After the teeth have been prepped, the etching solution is washed off, and the teeth are fully dried. The veneers are then applied to the teeth and secured with a dental adhesive.
If you would like to receive more information about veneers, please call us at 305-548-8695 to schedule an appointment.