Porcelain Laminate Veneers

Porcelain laminate veneers, or simply veneers, are custom-made porcelain wafers that are placed over teeth to enhance their appearance and also to repair damage. Veneers can dramatically transform damaged and misshapen teeth into a beautiful smile.

Veneers can be used to improve a wide variety of cosmetic dental problems. They can be used to whiten discolored teeth or just a single stained tooth when a full whitening procedure is not necessary. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth or straighten a crooked smile without the need for braces. Veneers also can be used to repair chips and imperfections resulting in a more attractive and youthful looking smile.

The initial procedure usually lasts from one to two hours. To begin, a thin amount of enamel is removed from the outer layer of the tooth to ensure that the veneer can be bonded permanently later. Molds or impressions of the mouth are then taken and the shade is matched. Temporary veneers are provided for the patient to wear while the permanent veneers are being made in order to protect the exposed teeth, and maintain an aesthetic quality during the wait. It usually takes about two weeks for the porcelain to be crafted into the final veneers. At this point another quick visit is required in order to fasten the permanent veneers.