Veneers are ultra-thin shells made of either composite resin or stain-resistant porcelain. They bond to the surface of your teeth to fix imperfections, such as chips or discoloration. Veneers can improve the size, shape, or color of your teeth for a more polished, uniform appearance.
While veneers are primarily cosmetic, they can help protect your teeth and prevent additional damage if you have worn or chipped enamel.
Veneers can hide many types of tooth damage, including:
Because veneers are thin shells, they’re only effective on your front teeth, which others see when you smile. Even if you’re happy with the overall appearance of your teeth, veneers can enhance your smile by improving the uniformity of your teeth.
During your first visit for veneers at Smile Makeover, Dr. Siddiqui performs a dental exam and takes imaging scans, such as X-rays, to begin treatment.
Next, he prepares your affected teeth by removing a small portion of enamel. Removing a modest amount of enamel ensures that your veneers blend in with the rest of your teeth rather than appearing bulky.
After preparing your teeth, Dr. Siddiqui takes digital impressions to create models for your veneers. He sends these images to an outside lab for fabrication, which takes about 2-3 weeks. Before you leave the office, he places temporary veneers to protect your teeth.
When you return for your next appointment, Dr. Siddiqui removes the temporary veneers and cleans and etches your teeth. Etching allows the custom veneer to bond to the tooth. Once placed, Dr. Siddiqui makes any necessary adjustments before cementing your veneers.
Veneers require little, if any, extra care. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once to avoid bacteria buildup. If you have composite veneers, you may also want to avoid foods and drinks that can darken teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark sauces.
To learn more about veneers, call Smile Makeover or schedule an appointment online today.