Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist staining from coffee, tea, or cigarette smoking.

Veneers are  made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the veneer.

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

Typically, veneers entail two appointments: one for the preparation for the veneer, and a second for bonding the veneer in place.

During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting approximately one hour, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for fabrication.

During the final "bonding" visit, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. o apply the veneer, the tooth and veneer are chemically treated and bonded with the correct colored bonding cement.

With minimal tooth reduction, your tooth is now returned to a more natural appearance.