What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your tooth to change its color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth that are uneven, chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed! Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

How Do They Work?

At our Tustin dental office, veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by Dr. Amanda Rafi. Veneers are typically irreversible because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.

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

What’s The Process?

Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: 

1: Diagnosis and treatment planning

2: Preparation

3: Bonding

During the tooth preparation visit — usually lasting one to two hours — the teeth receiving veneers are lightly buffed to allow for the slight, added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the tooth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.

During the final bonding visit — also about one or two hours — the veneers are placed on the tooth’s surface with water or glycerin to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color needed. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match your tooth’s color. 

To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam or laser causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.

During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It is not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.

Are you interested in restoring your smile with Veneers from Rafi Dental Group?

Call us to learn more, or schedule a consultation at our Tustin, CA dental office!