FAQ's > Veeners

The information presented below is only for informational purposes. Your surgeon will talk to you about details regarding your specific procedure.

How is the procedure performed?
To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Then, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This can take about a week. Because the teeth are buffed or reduced, they will look a little different until the next appointment when the veneers will be placed. If the teeth are too unsightly to you, a temporary veneer can be placed.

Bonding of veneers: First, the dentist places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on the teeth, the aesthetic results are viewed with particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Then, special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.

For about a week or two, the patient will go through a period of adjustment as he/she gets used to the "new" teeth that have been changed in size and shape. Brushing and flossing is to be carried on daily, as usual. You will then have a follow-up appointment after one or two weeks.

What are the different types of veneers that are available?
There are two main types of tooth veneers. They are composite and porcelain veneers. Composite (direct) veneers consist of applying a bond and enamel directly to the tooth's surface. Porcelain veneers are very thin ceramic shells that are applied to the teeth in order to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last as long as ten years with proper care and maintenance (frequent brushing and flossing).


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