Veneers or laminates are custom-made shell-like ceramic porcelain placed on teeth surfaces to give you a radiant and natural looking smile. Veneers are effective alternatives to crowns, bridges and implants. They provide strong and durable aesthetic solutions for those who with chipped, discolored, gapped or uneven teeth. They have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea or tobacco use. Veneers last about 10-15 years, after which they will need to be replaced.
Veneers are typically fitted over the course of 2 visits. During the 1st visit, our dentist will examine your teeth to determine if veneers are the appropriate solution for you. This is essential as veneers are not appropriate for all teeth (e.g. people who grind their teeth or have unhealthy teeth with extensive decay and a weak structure are unsuitable for veneers). During tooth preparation, a local anesthetic may be given to ensure the treatment is painless. In order to place the veneer on the tooth, some enamel may be removed from the tooth surface to ensure that the veneer can be bonded to the tooth without looking too bulky. The tooth shape is modified and an impression is taken of the tooth.You may be given temporary veneer while the tooth impression is sent to the laboratory for veneer fabrication. At the final “bonding” visit, the veneer is checked for fit and color before being permanently bonded to the tooth using special light activated adhesives.