A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored laminate applied to the front surface of teeth that restores the natural appearance of stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers may be a viable alternative to more invasive procedures such as crowns or dental implants .
When placing veneers, dentists usually remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel , so placing them cannot always be reversed. Veneers are made of durable materials that can last decades if they are properly placed and maintained.
There are two types of veneers:
You should discuss all options with your dentist before determining the type of veneer or other dental procedure that best meets your needs and budget.
When considering veneers , it's important that you have one or more consultations with your dentist. These consultations will help your dentist understand your goals and preferences. It will also allow them the opportunity to describe the risks, complexity, time involved, and costs associated with your treatment alternatives.
The steps below outline the typical process for indirect veneers. Some of the steps may not be necessary for direct veneers since your dentist determines the shade and shape, sculpts, and bonds the veneers onto your tooth in a single visit.
Your dentist should explain any risks involved with veneer treatment. You should ask any questions you have before the procedure is started.