Dental veneers are thin, durable, tooth-colored shells made of porcelain or composite resin material, and are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. Your natural teeth are minimally reduced, and the veneer is bonded onto the tooth to create a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
Veneers may be used to correct various aesthetic issues, including:
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Severely stained or discolored teeth
- Unwanted spaces
- Misshapen teeth, or teeth that are too large/small
- Cosmetically to create a uniform and beautiful smile
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.
In most cases veneers are durable and will last you many years, giving you a beautiful smile. But as with most dental restorations, veneers do not last forever and may someday need replacement.
What are Veneers Made of?
Veneers are built of either composite resin or porcelain, and usually need minimal tooth preparation before they are placed. For the composite resin material, the dentist will minimally prepare the teeth and build the veneers the same day.
For the porcelain material, the dentist will take an impression or “mold”, and then send it to a dental laboratory to have the porcelain veneers made. Once the veneers are ready, the dentist may cement them on the prepped teeth. In this case, temporary veneers may be utilized until the lab returns the permanent veneers.
At Belmont Dental, we may be able to use CAD/CAM technology to create the veneer in-office using a computer. This will be determined on a case by case basis.
At Belmont Dental, we will take X-rays and do a comprehensive exam to assess the health of the patient's teeth. We’ll examine the teeth for symptoms of decay, gum disease, or the need for root canal therapy. Veneers may not be the first line of treatment if patients have these conditions.
Get quality dental veneers from Belmont Dental, located in York, PA. For more details and appointments, call us at (717) 848-1463, book online, or visit us at 3210 E Market Street, York, PA 17402.