Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve its appearance. They are made of tooth-colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained. They can be used to improve the shape or size of a tooth.
Types of veneers
There are two common types of veneers. Porcelain veneers are more durable, natural-looking, and resist stains better. The other type are composite resin veneers, which are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span, and are less expensive.
You should consider dental veneers if your teeth are stained/discolored, crooked, broken, chipped, or if you have a gap.
How it's done
Porcelain veneers usually require two visits. During the first visit, Dr. Cozzi will prepare your tooth to be fitted with the veneer. She will also take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to a laboratory to create the veneer. You may also receive a temporary veneer for protection while the permamnent one is being made.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer (if you received one) will be removed. Then, the new veneer will be checked for fit and adjustments are made accordingly. Once you and Dr. Cozzi are
satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.