Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can be used to treat cosmetic concerns like chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.
Dental veneers are often made from porcelain, zirconia, or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
The dentist will begin by grinding down the tooth or teeth slightly to make room for the veneer. We then take a 3D scan of your teeth for the creation of a 3D model which will be digitally sent to our lab technician. The lab technician will then fabricate the veneer and send it back to the office for placement in 2-7 days.
Once the veneer is ready, your dentist can place it on your prepared tooth and cement it in place. Temporary veneers may be used until the permanent veneers come back from the lab.
Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, symmetrical smile.
The top front eight teeth are the most commonly teeth to which veneers are applied.