Veneering a tooth means to cover its facial, or front, surface. It is actually very similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails. Veneers are used to enhance the shape and color of teeth, as well as to close spaces between teeth. Veneers can also cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline. As we age, wear of the front teeth may affect the aesthetics of our smile. Porcelain veneers may be used to lengthen worn or short teeth and restore the smile of older patients.
Types of Veneers
There are two types of veneers: direct and indirect. Direct veneers are completed in a single visit using composite or plastic material. Since indirect veneers require a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration, these types of veneers are placed in two separate visits. The indirect veneer can be made of either a composite material or, more commonly, a porcelain material. Veneers are often used in place of crowns and are more conservative and look more natural.
Long Lasting Results
Typically, the porcelain veneers should last about 15 years. However, with proper care and maintenance they can last longer. Porcelain veneers resist staining, reflect light and are among the strongest and most natural looking restoration available. Direct composite veneers should last about 5 years; with the new composite materials we have today they may last longer.
- Reduce or Eliminate Spaces Between the Teeth (Diastemas)
- Repair Broken or Chipped Teeth
- Whiten Dark, Yellow, Permanently-Stained or Discolored Teeth
- Correct Misshapen or Crooked Teeth “Instant Orthodontics”