If you have a tooth that is stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, or irregularly shaped a veneer may be right for you. Veneers have a lifespan of five to 10 years with good oral hygiene and proper care.

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length, which results in a greatly improved appearance.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are sometimes thinner and may require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement, but every case is different.

THE PROCEDURE

A veneer can be applied in just one office visit, with the procedure itself being a fairly quick. The Dentist will use 3D imaging to design and create your custom veneer.

  • First, your dentist will numb the proper area of your mouth with a local anesthetic.
  • Next, a place will be made for the veneer by removing a little bit of enamel from the front of the affected tooth.
  • Then, the front of the tooth will be cleaned, polished, and the veneer will be permanently affixed to it.
  • Finally, the veneer is hardened with a special hand-held light to complete the procedure.

Dr. Simmons will be happy to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you. Call us to schedule your consultation!