Dental veneers are custom-fit shells of tooth-colored material that are applied to the front of the tooth to improve appearance. Veneers are used to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, or gapped.

What is it?

Dental veneers are placed over teeth to improve their appearance or protect them. The surfaces are made from porcelain or resin composite materials and are molded to fit the teeth they will cover. Many tooth conditions are corrected by dental veneers including discolored teeth, root canal treated teeth, worn teeth, chipped teeth, misaligned or uneven teeth, or gapped teeth.

What should I do to prepare?

There are no special preparations to be made for a dental veneer procedure.

What happens during the process?

The first step is for the patient and the dentist to plan the intended result of the dental veneer procedure will be. Then, the dentist must remove enamel to the same thickness as the dental veneer. The dentist proceeds to make an impression of the teeth and the veneers arrive in about 1-2 weeks. The veneers are temporarily placed on the teeth to examine fit and color. The teeth are cleaned, and the veneer is cemented on to the old tooth. The cement hardens whereby excess is removed.

What are the risks and potential complications?

Some complications and risks are associated with having dental veneers placed over teeth. The process is costly and is not reversible or repairable. There is also the possibility that the color of the veneer will not match exactly. Additionally, teeth with veneers can become sensitive due to the removal of enamel. Teeth with veneers can still decay, crack, or break.  There are no significant risks or complications directly related to the dental veneer procedure.


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