What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a type of porcelain that significantly reduces or eliminates the need for grinding down the teeth in preparation for placement. Made of an ultrathin, translucent material, veneers are simply bonded over natural teeth, or existing crowns and bridges, with no need for additional treatment. As a result, almost anyone is a good candidate for this type of veneer.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Placement of veneers requires only two office visits, and does not involve any drilling, pain or shots. The veneers are safe and comfortable even for patients with sensitive teeth. After a customized mold is made during the initial appointment, it usually takes about 7 to 10 days for veneers to arrive from the lab. Veneers provide a number of benefits, including the following:
- Placement procedure is quick and easy
- Little or no grinding down of teeth is required
- Veneers don’t become discolored over time
- Comfortable from the moment they are placed
- Almost no post-operative pain is experienced
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Veneers can last for more than 20 years, and require no special maintenance. Clinical research has proven that veneers provide long-term aesthetic smile improvement with no discoloration or degeneration. And, because they are applied in the most durable way possible, patients can eat even sticky foods without worrying that the veneers will come off.