Dental veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve their appearance. They are made of tooth colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained. Alternatively, they can be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth, or close spaces or gaps in between the teeth.
What to Expect
Two visits are typically needed. The first visit has three important steps. First, your teeth are prepared to be fitted for the veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to the laboratory to prepare the veneer. Finally, you will receive a temporary veneer until your final one is received from the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed. Then the new veneer will be checked to see if it fits well. Adjustments are usually made before the veneer is bonded to your tooth. Once you and Dr. Tharp are completely satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your natural tooth.