A veneer is a thin covering used to improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers are white – meaning they are the ideal material to cover a stained tooth. Veneers can also be used to reshape teeth by filling in a chip or a crack. If you have crooked, misshapen teeth or unsightly gaps veneers are a viable option for you.
Porcelain veneers are the more durable of the two types of veneers available. They keep their color and resist stains better than their alternative. The porcelain material also tends to more closely resemble the look and feel of a tooth.
Resin veneers are less durable; however they do not need to be specially manufactured and can be directly applied to your tooth by your dentist. This ultimately makes them the less expensive option.
How it works:
Veneers require that you plan two visits. In your first visit, the dentist will prepare and file your teeth to fit the veneer. Then an impression will be taken to send to the lab where they’ll create the porcelain veneers. A temporary veneer will be placed to protect your teeth between visits.
In the second visit the dentist will remove the temporary veneer and replace it with the new one. Because it is much more difficult to adjust a veneer after it is placed, the dentist will take special care to make sure it fits perfectly before attaching it to your tooth.