Veneers are custom-made shells made of a very thin ceramic or composite resin material that are bonded to the front of teeth in order to provide users with a substitute of strength and durability, which our teeth’s natural enamel usually supply. Not only are veneers designed to be visually appealing, they also serve as a very important crutch for keeping teeth functioning properly.

When are veneers used?

Veneers can be used to help a number of different problems including:

  • A broken or chipped tooth

  • Irregularly shaped teeth

  • Bad alignment

  • Worn down teeth

  • Discolored teeth

  • Closing a gap between teeth

Getting Veneers

First, talk with your dentist and make sure veneers are right for you. Once you’ve been approved, your dentist will scrape away a thin layer of enamel. This process is completely painless and makes room for the veneer to make sure it will be properly applied and bonded.

Your dentist will then use dental putty to make an impression of your tooth and send it to a lab in order to develop the veneer. When they arrive, your dentist will make sure the veneers fit properly on your teeth. Depending on the patient, this process could take up to a few hours in order to make sure the veneers not only fit well, but appear the way you want.

How to care for veneers

One of the most important things about caring for your new veneers is watching what you eat and put in your mouth. Avoid biting into hard foods like apples or ice, and avoid chewing on stiff objects like fingernails or pencils.

Caring for veneers is similar to caring for regular teeth. Make sure you are brushing and flossing everyday, just be careful not to scratch your teeth.