Dental veneers, otherwise known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, offer patients an additional option to correct the function and appearance of natural teeth. By definition, a dental veneer is a thin piece of material, normally constructed from porcelain, which caps the natural, existing tooth to create a strong, more aesthetically pleasing tooth. Dental veneers may offer a solution to, and may correct the appearance of:
In order to better aid patients, a dentist will often take x-rays and impressions of the patient’s mouth. Considering individual cases, Dr. Toy will discuss installing a single veneer or a full set of veneers to improve the bite, function, and appearance for optimum results. After the consultation, a dental lab creates and prepares the porcelain veneer to match the exact specifications that the dentist provides. For installation, the patient and dentist may discuss different options in order to create the most comfortable environment during the procedure.
In order to prepare for the veneer, the dentist files down a small layer of the surface enamel on the tooth in order to make room; less than a millimeter of original surface enamel is removed. After creating and properly fitting the veneer to the patient’s tooth, the dentist will apply a form of resin to adhere the veneer to the existing tooth. Once installed, the resin is sealed and hardened by a light source to cement the veneer to the natural tooth for a permanent fit.
Veneers may straighten teeth, correct a smile, reinforce the structure within a mouth, and create a brighter, whiter smile for patients.