Veneering a tooth means to cover its facial, or front, surface. It is actually very similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails. Veneers are used to enhance the shape and color of teeth, as well as to close spaces between teeth. Veneers can also cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline. As we age, wear of the front teeth may affect the aesthetics of our smile. Porcelain veneers may be used to lengthen worn or short teeth and restore the smile of older patients.
Types of Veneers
There are two types of veneers: direct and indirect. Direct veneers are completed in a single visit using composite or plastic material. Since indirect veneers require a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration, these type of veneers are placed in two separate visits. The indirect veneer can be
made of either a composite material or, more commonly, a porcelain material. Veneers are often used in place of crowns and are more conservative and look more natural. Setting Dr. Braverman apart and making his veneers so special is his relationship with his ceramist. The ceramist is the technician that will actually fabricate your porcelain veneers. There are many different types of porcelain veneers, however, the most aesthetic veneer is still the opacious porcelain veneer. This veneer is hand-painted and glazed by the ceramist which makes Dr. Braverman's veneers the most beautiful anywhere. Dr. Braverman's ceramist invented this technique and holds the patent on this process.
During the first visit, a local anesthetic is used and the tooth (teeth) are reduced by approximately 0.5 mm - 2.0 mm. An impression of the teeth in this state is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. Depending on the amount of reduction necessary, a temporary veneer may be placed. Between the time of the impression and the placement of the final restoration, a patient may experience slight sensitivity to hot and cold.
At the second visit, a local anesthetic can be used for the patient's comfort. After thoroughly cleaned and preparing the teeth, the veneers are placed with a resin material and cured, or hardened, with a special curing light.
Typically, the porcelain veneers should last about 15 years. However, with proper care and maintenance they can last longer. Porcelain veneers resist staining, reflect light and are among the strongest and most natural looking restoration available.