If you have chipped or stained teeth, you may be wondering if there is a solution that does not require a lot of dental work. You may be thinking “what about veneers?” Or, you may not know what veneers are at all! Think of a wood veneer that covers a board to make it look nicer. That is essentially what dental veneers do, although they’re certainly not made of wood!
A dental veneer is simply a covering across the front of the tooth that makes the tooth look nicer. Veneers work well to cover chipped teeth, stained teeth, or even damaged enamel. In fact, the enamel of the tooth will actually be removed and replaced with the veneer, so the damaged tooth will get a shiny new face!
Veneers are made in a dental laboratory, just for you. The dentist will take impressions on your first visit to be sure the veneers fit your teeth well. You will also be given a temporary covering that will last the two to three weeks it takes to get the permanent veneer back from the lab.
Speaking of permanent, veneers are permanent fixtures. Enamel is removed and the new veneer is bonded to the tooth. Veneers are usually made of porcelain or pressed ceramic and will make your tooth look almost brand new – at least from the side everyone will see when you flash your big smile.
Veneers may be the answer to your question about what to do with chipped or stained teeth. They don’t make sense if there is extensive damage to the tooth, though. That may require a crown to cover the entire tooth.
If you have more questions about veneers, especially about whether they might be right for you, ask the professional staff at Johns Family & Implant Dentistry on your next visit!