Overview of Tooth Veneers
Often an alternative to crowns, veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They can be the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won't require Dr. Klein to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases. Veneers are created from an impression taken in our office.
Your custom veneer is then glued directly onto your tooth. Typically costing less than crowns, veneers won't stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers typically last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
How are Tooth Veneers attached to your tooth?
In your first appointment, it is important to discuss with Dr. Klein what shape, size and color you would like your veneers to be. Some people bring pictures from magazines to help convey their preferences. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. Temporary veneers will be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready. Dr. Klein places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. At this point you will have the opportunity to make any changes you would like in the shape, size or color of your veneers. Although some minor changes in shape can be made, the color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth. Good communication between you and Dr. Klein is important in achieving your new smile. Once you have approved your new smile, the tooth is then cleansed with chemicals to achieve a durable bond. Once the glue is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.