What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers that are bonded to the front of damaged, malformed or discolored teeth.

What is the dental procedure like in preparation for a veneer?

A thin layer of enamel, any discoloration and any tooth decay must first be removed. A very accurate impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth is made. A thin acrylic shell is placed on the surface to protect the tooth while the actual dental veneer is being made. When the dental veneer is finished the temporary acrylic shell is removed from the tooth. The finished dental veneer and the tooth are prepared for final bonding and the veneer is bonded to the tooth. Any excess bonding material is removed. The tooth with the veneer in place is then adjusted for proper bite.

What is the advantage of a dental veneer?

A dental veneer is much more conservative than a crown, as only a very small amount of tooth structure is removed. The bonded interface between the veneer and the tooth is actually stronger than the tooth enamel itself. A dental veneer is all porcelain and contains no metal.

Who can have a dental veneer?

Anyone whose adult tooth is damaged, discolored or otherwise not formed like a natural tooth and whose tooth has fully erupted (usually by age 18) where the damage is minimal can have a dental veneer placed.