In order to improve the appearance of teeth, thin, tooth-colored shells known as dental veneers are glued to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are often composed of porcelain or resin composite materials and are permanently cemented to the teeth.
Veneers may be used to correct various aesthetic issues, including chipped, cracked, discolored, or undersized teeth.
While some individuals only need one veneer to repair a damaged or chipped tooth, many require between six and eight veneers to achieve a symmetrical smile. Veneers are most often placed on the top front eight teeth.
What are Veneers Made of?
Veneers are built of composite resin or porcelain and need substantial tooth preparation before they are placed.
The dentist will begin by grinding the teeth down and imprinting them to create a mold. Then the mold is sent to a laboratory to have the porcelain veneer created.
Once the veneer is ready, the dentist may cement it on the prepped tooth. Temporary veneers may be utilized until the lab returns the permanent veneers.
Some dentists may use CAD/CAM technology to create the veneer in-office using a computer.
Your dentist will often take X-rays to assess the health of the patient's teeth. They'll examine the teeth for symptoms of decay, gum disease, or the need for root canal therapy. Veneers will not be an option if patients have these conditions.
To ensure a proper fit for the veneers, the dentist will trim around half a millimeter off the front of the tooth (using a grinding instrument to remove the enamel) before taking an impression (mold) of the teeth during the following appointment. This mold is then delivered to the lab, where the veneers are created.
Get quality dental veneers with our experienced dentist Dr.Edward Shluper, DDS. For more details and appointments, call us at (973) 743-5432, book online, or visit us at 115 US Highway 46, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046, Building E, Ste. 33.