At a glance
A porcelain veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is bonded over the front teeth to help conceal tooth imperfections such as cracks, chips, gaps, or misalignment to other teeth.
Why consider this procedure
Teeth that have minor imperfections can be immediately covered over by porcelain veneers that make the tooth look correct, and enhance your smile. Veneers provide immediate benefit, are used just like real teeth, and can last a long time.
What to anticipate
Prior to veneers being placed, the first visit the patient must be examined to determine if veneers can help. Photos, impressions, and measurements are taken and sent to a dental lab where the veneers will be made. The patient often has a second visit where the wax molds (created by the lab) are fitted to the patient to confirm the measurements are correct. After that, the order for the final veneers will be placed to the lab.
Once the permanent veneers are made, the patient comes in for a 3rd and final visit. The teeth to receive the veneers are prepared by removing the enamel on the existing tooth, and the veneer is then placed and bonded to the existing tooth.