Veneers are solutions for cracked, stained, crooked or chipped teeth. They are mostly applied to the front row teeth. Veneers become simple solutions for more localized problems which may be treatable using dental bonding procedures.
Two types of veneers are available for you: porcelain and composite resins. Where composite resins can be applied directly to the teeth, they require appropriate shaping. On the other hand, porcelain veneers are in the form of thin hard shells and are constructed in a lab before they are bonded over the teeth.
Since there is no requirement of construction in labs, composite veneers are typically a less expensive solution as compared to porcelain veneers. Although more expensive. Porcelain veneers however have a longer life and less susceptible to staining. Where composite resin restorations last between five and seven years and are subject to staining, porcelain veneers easily last well over 15 years and are not subject to staining.
Porcelain veneers are constructed based on area impression. This impression is taken after preparing the enamel of the teeth for better fitting of the veneer. For this, the teeth enamel is minimally reduced, usually between 0.5mm and 1.0mm. Similar to crowns and bridges, a temporary veneer may be provided to you till the final version is ready. This procedure is normally executed without the use of any anesthetic.
Once constructed, the final touches of your veneer include checking for proper color matching and fit.
Before a veneer is bonded, the teeth will be properly cleaned and polished. After application of a special bonding agent it is light cured. The procedure is completed by doing a final contouring and polishing of the veneer..
A quick procedure, you can be provided with composite veneers in a single office visit. The best color for you is chosen after a detailed discussion of the results you desire and the options available for treatment.
Once decided the resin will simply be directly applied to your teeth and professionally sculpted into the desired shape. Bonding between the tooth and the veneer is then done so that the area becomes solidified.