Veneers are needed when someone has cracked, chipped, significantly yellowed, or misshapen teeth. Yellowing can come from coffee or tea, citrus or acidic food, sweets, soda, berries or wine. Cracking and chipping of teeth is a common occurrence for many people as well. This is often due to practices that may seem harmless but ultimately weaken and eventually break teeth. Some ways to crack or chip your teeth are chewing ice, not wearing a mouth guard during athletic sports, using teeth as tools to rip tags or cut tape and grinding teeth unknowingly while sleeping. Dr. Lichter’s office is familiar with these occurrences and recommends dental veneers for cracked or chipped teeth.
What is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a custom made shell that covers the front of your tooth, they are often the next step after professional whitening. They are ideal for cracks, chips, discoloration and wear on your teeth because they immediately enhance them. Veneers brighten and improve your entire face because the teeth play a large role in your confidence and how others see you. Veneers can be made out of porcelain or resin. The porcelain kind of veneer is pre shaped while the resin veneers are applied directly to the teeth. Once you have your dental veneers you will have a shapely, bright smile, externally protecting you from wearing down your enamel further and adding more wear and tear.
What will happen at my appointment?
Veneers are very thin, therefore a large portion of the original tooth will remain after your veneers are added. This is an added benefit of getting veneers aside from eh brightening of your smile and the protection that veneers offer. When the veneers are placed a thin layer from your original tooth will be replaced by the veneer. First the layer must be removed and an adhesive layer will be placed between the tooth and the veneer. The adhesive will be hardened with the use of a specialized curing light.