One of the definitions of the word “veneer” is: a superficial appearance, especially one that is pleasing. In woodworking, a veneer is usually a thin layer of fine wood that is bonded to the surface of a less expensive wood.
When it comes to teeth, veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain, that are bonded to the front side of a tooth. Veneers are one of the solutions dentists can offer patients for teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped or broken, uneven or have gaps between them.
When placing porcelain veneers, close attention is paid to the surrounding teeth and each veneer is designed to complement your overall smile. Constructed of the most durable porcelain materials available, veneers can last a long time if cared for properly.
The procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. Once the tooth is shaped, and impression is taken and sent to a lab where the new restoration is crafted. While the new veneers are being created, the patient is given a temporary restoration that resembles a natural tooth.
During the second visit, the new veneer is fitted comfortably into the mouth. Every effort is made to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like a natural tooth. Finally, the new veneer is bonded into the mouth, leaving the patient with a beautifully restored smile.
If you would like to know more about veneers, give us a call at Angell’s Dentistry or ask us about them at your next dental visit. To learn more about us, visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.