One of the most popular and effective developments in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are thin, custom made porcelain casings that cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are used to correct uneven teeth, worn enamel, discoloration, chipped teeth and irregular spacing, and can last over 20 years. In some cases, veneers can serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.
What does the procedure involve ?
The fabrication and placement of veneers, usually requires two appointments. After a thorough examination of your teeth, which may include X-rays and taking impressions of your teeth, we'll remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Then we will create an impression and send it off to a laboratory to create the veneer. While the veneer mold is being created, your dentist may provide you with temporary veneers. During the placement appointment the veneer's size and color are given one last adjustment before they are cemented to your tooth.
What Are the Risks of Veneers?
In rare instances, veneers can chip or crack, in which case they would have to be replaced. Since enamel is removed in the procedure, the process is not reversible, and initially your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods for this reason. However in time this sensitivity usually goes away. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may be asked to wear a mouth-guard when you go to bed. Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep don't even know it, but your dentist will be able to tell you if you are one of those people from the wear on your teeth.