Veneers, which are thin shells made of porcelain or composite that are bonded atop the natural teeth, are the most versatile tools in the cosmetic dentistry toolbox. Your Surrey dentist can use veneers to cover up minor and major defects in the teeth, straighten a crooked stretch of teeth or bring undersized teeth into the proper proportions.
Purpose of veneers
Your dentist in Surrey uses veneers to address a number of problems on the teeth’s outermost surfaces.
For example, a tooth with a rotation or an odd angle can be brought into line with the rest the smile using veneers.
A tooth that is unusually and noticeably small stands out from its neighbors, but a veneer can help to resize that tooth and eliminate the distraction. A chip or crack in the tooth can be concealed by veneers, and a veneer may replace a missing segment of enamel in a broken tooth. Veneers can also be used to cover noticeable stains on the teeth.
Patients who get veneers go through a two-step process. At the first visit, the cosmetic dentist lays the groundwork for the design and placement of the veneers. The dentist will evaluate your case using x-rays and a thorough examination and take impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to the dental laboratory where the veneers will be crafted.
Your dentist will prepare the teeth for veneer placement at this first visit, too. Certain veneers require the removal of a slim layer of enamel from the tooth to accommodate the tooth.
When the veneers are ready, you will have a second appointment at which you and the dentist determine if any further adjustments should be made to the shade and shape of the veneers. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the veneers, they are bonded to the teeth.
If you are dissatisfied with your smile’s appearance, call our office to learn more about how veneers can help improve your look.