Veneers, also known as "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. They are permanent, custom-shaped and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer.Placement of dental veneers can dramatically improve your smile and appearance. Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as "instant orthodontics" because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the "smile zone" including:

. Spaces between the teeth

. Poorly shaped or crooked teeth

. Broken or chipped teeth

. Permanently externally stained and/or internally stained teeth

. Unsightly or stained fillings

Dental veneers can improve the appearance of the teeth but they cannot realign the jaw or correct overbites and underbites. Orthodontics are required to correct these more complicated problems.

Dental Veneers are not appropriate for everyone or every tooth. Case selection is an extremely important factor in the success of this technique. Only an examination by your dentist can determine whether dental veneers are appropriate for making the changes you want.

Some of the situations where certain teeth or people are not good candidates for dental veneers include:

Unhealthy teeth. Dental decay and active gum disease must be treated prior to fabricating and bonding dental veneers

Weakened teeth. If a significant amount of tooth structure is missing or has been replaced by a large filling the teeth will not be strong enough to function with a dental veneer. so we place dental Crowns instead of veneers.

Teeth with an inadequate amount of enamel present. Dental veneers are more successfully bonded onto tooth enamel

People who habitually clench or grind on their teeth. Habitually clenching and grinding of the teeth can easily chip or break dental veneers. Dental nightguards may be a solution for this in some cases.

Persons without a stable bite.

Severely malpositioned teeth or misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment may be required to achieve the desired result

 

 


Lumineers are a type of veneer that are thinner; roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. The original tooth structure needn't be shaped for placement and, if desired, lumineers can be removed. However, without tooth preparation, Lumineers may feel bulkier than traditional veneers.