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A teeth veneer is a thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shell. It is made of porcelain to give it the same opaque coloring we recognize in teeth enamel, so it does not have a chiclet or fake look. Tooth veneers are designed to cover the front side of your most visible teeth. They are attached by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth and permanently bonding the veneer to the tooth.
Teeth Veneer Process
For most patients, teeth veneers are placed over two office visits.
First Office Visit
The first visit is the consultation; once the patient has agreed to treatment, we can then take some preparatory steps during this visit. We will:
Once the teeth are prepared, we will place temporary veneers over your teeth to reduce any discomfort either from sensitivity or just due to the changes in your appearance. The impressions are sent to a dental lab for fabrication; it can take one to two weeks to receive the finished product.
Teeth veneers can be placed on any eight of your front teeth. Though they are highly durable, they should not be placed on teeth that are more active in the chewing process.
Second Office Visit
Once we have received the completed veneers from the dental lab, we will contact you to schedule your second appointment for placement. We will remove the temporary veneer, clean the area and check the fit. We can make any necessary adjustments to ensure a precise fit and look at this time. After we have determined the correct bite and fit, we will then cement the permanent veneer into place. The cement bond is strong and highly durable, though we will check the bond with every dental exam moving forward.
Patients love the look that teeth veneers can provide.