What are they?
Veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain that is cemented to the facial surface of your front teeth to make them appear more aesthetic.

What procedure is involved?
You will have dental freezing to be comfortable during the procedure, then the teeth are prepared with a drill and an impression is taken and sent to the lab. While the lab is making the veneers custom-fitted for your mouth (usually about 1 week), you will have temporary fillings on your prepared teeth to protect them. You have to be very careful with these temporary fillings because they are not as strong as the final product! Then when you come to your last appointment, the veneers from the lab will be tried in and if you are satisfied with the result, they will be cemented for your enjoyment!

Who is a good candidate?
If your front teeth have unsightly cavities on their facial surfaces or if they have staining that can’t be removed by whitening, you are a good candidate for veneers. If you really do not like the appearance of your front teeth and they cannot be corrected by another technique, veneers may be the solution to a beautiful smile.
What are the downsides or risks associated with veneers?
Anything that involves tooth preparation from its natural state will inherently weaken the tooth. To prepare teeth for veneers, often approximately 0.5-1 mm of enamel is removed to allow space for the porcelain material to sit on top. Although this is a very thin layer, it is still slightly weakening the tooth. That is why if there is already a cavity, you are a good candidate because we would be removing unhealthy tooth structure. The other side effect is that you may experience some sensitivity after the preparations are done but usually this subsides once the veneers are completed.

How long do veneers last?
Veneers can last anywhere from 10 to even 30 years if they are maintained well. This is up to the patient! If you don’t brush and floss you can still get cavities at the edges of the veneers which will cause them to fail. Also you have to be gentle with them! Once you have veneers on your front teeth, you have to be careful – no biting into apples or carrots because there is a risk you will break off the veneers! If this does happen, save the piece that broke off and make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible to have it repaired! You may want to consider also getting a night-guard appliance to protect your veneers from night time grinding which will cause added stress. Ask your dentist if you are a candidate.