Veneers – Are They Right for You?

dental exam - Chapel Hill NC dentist Fred Lehmann Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This treatment needs little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal selection for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile. Why a veneer? Veneers can mask unfavorable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are perfect for masking stained fillings in front teeth. Clients with gaps in between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn might consider veneers. What happens throughout the procedure? Clients could need up to three visits for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment bonding, planning and preparation. It's vital that you take an active role in the smile design. Hang around in the planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one assessment, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dental practitioner comprehends your objectives. To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly rubbed to enable the little added thickness of the veneer. Generally, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which could require an anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are usually done in one appointment. After the tooth is ready, Dr. Lehmann carefully bonds and shapes the composite product onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent out to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This could take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a short-term [...]