What Are Veneers?
A popular way to improve the brightness of your smile is through the use of veneers. This dental process can change the shape and brightness of your teeth. Veneers are very thin shells that are typically made of porcelain and are custom-fit for your teeth. They are usually only applied to the part of your teeth that are visible when you are talking or smiling.
Veneers are similar to crowns, but they have the advantage of needing much less removal of tooth structure in order to be applied. The procedure for applying veneers is also typically more comfortable than the application of a crown.
Veneers are generally used to treat irregularities in the shape, color, or spacing of your teeth. Your dentist will consult with you to establish the goals you are wanting to reach. He will most likely take x-rays and make impressions of your teeth so that the veneers can be custom-fitted for you at the lab. The dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers by removing a very thin layer of your tooth enamel. Once the veneers have arrived at the office a couple of weeks later, your dentist will apply them to your teeth with a special bonding cement.
Veneers can restore your confidence to smile and talk in public if you have become self-conscious about stained or damaged teeth. They are natural looking and require no additional care beyond your normal oral hygiene regimen. The application process is expensive and irreversible.