Dental veneers, which are also called laminates, are exceptionally thin, custom shells made from porcelain. They’re designed to change the color or the shape of your teeth by hiding cosmetic flaws or restoring lost tooth structure. Once veneers are permanently bonded to the front side of your teeth, they can help correct a wide range of flaws, including:
Veneers can be an attractive alternative to crowns, because they provide a more subtle way to repair a tooth. A dental technician creates custom veneers in a lab, working from a model provided by Dr. Milana.
After you have an initial consultation, which includes a dental exam, diagnosis, and treatment plan, getting veneers can be done in two quick visits.
During your first appointment, Dr. Milana lightly buffs and reshapes the surface of your enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. This process only removes about half a millimeter of tooth surface, or just enough so that your veneers won’t feel out of place in your mouth. Although this part of the procedure doesn’t bother most patients, you may request a local anesthetic if you’re particularly sensitive to dental work.
Next, Dr. Milana takes an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab and helps you choose the right shade of white for your veneers.
During your second appointment, Dr. Milana will cleanse your teeth with special bond-promoting chemicals. Then, he’ll adhere the veneers to your teeth with dental cement, which is hardened with a special light beam.
Porcelain veneers can brighten your teeth, enhance their shape, and put some confidence back into your smile. And because they’re permanently bonded to your teeth, they’re also incredibly strong and durable. To make sure your veneers last as long as possible, however, it’s important to maintain healthy dental habits, including brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
Dr. Milana will check your veneers in a follow-up appointment to make sure that they’ve stayed in place after the first few days. Even though porcelain veneers are more resistant to staining than your natural tooth enamel, you may want to cut back on staining beverages and foods, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries, to help preserve their bright color.
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