Dental veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve their appearance. They are made of tooth colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained. Alternatively, they can be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth.
Types of dental veneers
There are two types of veneers that are commonly used. Porcelain veneers are more durable, and resist stains better. The properties of the material also helps to create a very natural tooth look. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span, and are less expensive.
When should you consider dental veneers?
You should talk to Dr. Danny Shiri about dental veneers if
- You want to improve your smile
- Your teeth are stained or discolored teeth
- Your teeth are crooked or misshaped teeth
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped
How it’s done
Two to three visits to Dr. Shiri are typically required for porcelain veneers. Dr. Shiri will take a preliminary impression and photos to study the shape and form of the final veneers. At the second visit, three important steps are completed. First, your teeth are prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which will involve shaping the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Second, an impression is taken of your tooth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer. Finally, you will receive a temporary veneer that will protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory and mimic the final look.
At the third visit, the temporary veneer will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. Once you and Dr. Shiri are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.