A veneer improves the appearance of a tooth by covering the visible front surface with a custom-made, tooth-colored porcelain overlay.
A veneer is often prescribed for a tooth that is:
• Discolored or stained
• Worn down, chipped or broken
• Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
It may also be prescribed to "fill the gap" between two otherwise healthy teeth.
After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your Dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed upon treatment is a dental veneer, your Dentist will:
• Apply a local anesthetic to the affected area of your mouth
• Remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your tooth to make room for the porcelain
• Clean and polish the tooth's front surface
• Bond the veneer in place to permanently affix it
• Expose the veneer to special hand-held light to harden the repaired surface of your tooth