Dental veneers

What is a dental veneer?

The veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the visible surface of the treated teeth.  They are usually used for improve the aesthetics of the smileby changing the form or the tooth color. Veneers can also close the space between two teeth or hide a slight overlap.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are made in one appointment directly at the chair by the dentist.  The dentist reduces the visible surface of the tooth as needed.

A composite resin, matching the color of the neighboring teeth, is applied to the prepared surface.  The LED lamp hardens the composite, which is then adjusted and polished to a high gloss. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but they usually last less time.  In fact, composite tends to lose its luster over time.

Porcelain veneers

Two appointments are usually required for this type of restoration.  The dentist reduces the visible surface of the teeth, then takes an impression that is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.  The veneers are cemented with an adhesive resin at the second visit. Porcelain veneers offer an excellent surface finish and are more resistant to stains.

This can be done in one appointment with CEREC technology.  The veneers are fabricated on site.  The appointment time is longer since there is a delay in fabrication by the CEREC machine.