Dental veneers are super-thin “covers” designed to be placed on the front surfaces of your visible teeth. Veneers are shaped like your teeth and tinted to match your surrounding teeth so they look natural. Their thin design means they’re very comfortable, and they’re made of very durable materials that resist stains.
Veneers have many cosmetic applications. They can be used to correct aesthetic issues like:
Veneers can be applied in just two visits, and they can be used alone or in combination with other treatments and procedures for a complete smile makeover.
Each veneer is custom designed so it looks natural and fits comfortably on your tooth. Application usually takes two visits. At your first visit, Dr. Mori will remove a small amount of surface material from your tooth. Then he’ll make an impression or mold of your tooth and send it to a dental lab that specializes in dental veneer fabrication. He’ll place a temporary veneer on your tooth to protect it while you wait for your permanent veneer. In about two weeks, you’ll come back to the office and Dr. Mori will remove the temporary veneer and replace it with the permanent veneer, fitting it and adjusting it so it feels comfortable and looks great.
Whitening your teeth prior to a veneer application can be a great idea. When your natural teeth are their whitest and brightest, your veneer will be tinted to match. That way you can feel confident your smile will always look its best.
With proper care, your veneer can last 10 or more years. Although the veneer material is strong, it can still be damaged. That means you should avoid chewing on ice or hard candy or using your teeth as tools. The same guidance will keep your natural teeth in good shape too.
Care for your veneer just like you care for the rest of your teeth — with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to make sure the underlying tooth and surrounding gums stay healthy.