What is a veneer?
A veneer is a a thin layer of a ceramic tooth colored material which is bonded to the front of a tooth. Veneers are usually placed for many reasons ranging from cosmetic enhancement to replacement of missing tooth structure lost due to chips and fractures. Veneers are bonded to a tooth’s existing enamel. Veneers are usually about 1 mm (.04 inches) thick and require a minimal amount of removal of existing enamel and as such much of the procedure can be accomplished without any local anesthesia!
Veneers can be used to correct a number of problems. Veneers can be used to correct misshapen, worn, and fractured teeth. They can also be used to correct teeth that are severely discolored due to staining which is deep within the tooth and cannot be eliminated through other bleaching techniques. Veneers can also be used to correct spacing or crowding of the front teeth. In effect, veneers can serve as an immediate form of braces for patients who do not want to go through orthodontic treatment.
While the situations where veneers are numerous, it is critical to have us perform a thorough evaluation of your existing teeth and bite to make sure veneers are a long-term and smart option for you. Like anything, veneers when used in the right situations create a significant cosmetic enhancement to a smile.