Dental Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry practice used as a way of fixing discolored, chipped or broken teeth. Veneers are thin custom-made shells, usually made of either a resin composite material or porcelain and are designed to cover the front of a tooth in order to improve general appearance. These small, custom shells are bonded to the front of the tooth typically lasting for approximately 5-10 years.
Before the veneer is permanently bonded, your dentist will temporarily place the veneer over your tooth, examining both the fit and color. Once the veneer is at its proper shape and shade, your tooth will be cleaned and etched (a process that creates a rough surface in order to allow for strong bonding between the cement, veneer and your tooth). The bonding cement will be applied to the veneer and the veneer will then be placed onto your tooth. Once the veneer is properly positioned, the dentist will utilize a beam light to seal and harden the cement. The final step involved is the removal of any excess cement and veneer positioning as determined by the dentist.