What are Veneers?
Veneers are paper-thin custom-made coverings that conceal the front and side surface of your tooth much like a mask or an artificial fingernail. If your teeth are stained, broken, or shaped in a way that is not pleasing to you, then you may want to consider veneers to restore your smile's beauty. Veneers are most often custom made from porcelain and fit precisely over your existing teeth and are held in place by a special light-sensitive resin which adheres the back of the veneer to the repaired tooth. Even though the veneers are thin coverings, they are extremely strong and durable and will generally not need to be replaced for many years. While they are not suitable for every patient, veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth including:
Diastemas - spaces between the teeth
Broken or chipped teeth
Unsightly stained or washed-out fillings
Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
Misshapen or crooked teeth
Placing veneers provides major changes in the teeth without the requirement of cutting them down severely. A healthy "natural" look is achieved with little or no discomfort. However, depending on the situation, crowns, bonding, bleaching, microabrasion or orthodontics may be suggested instead of veneers. A thorough dental evaluation can help Dr. Tracogna assess the general health and cosmetic appearance of your teeth to determine which option is best for you.
How are Veneers installed?
On your first visit Dr. Tracogna may give you freezing (local anesthetic). Dr. Tracogna then removes part of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. He will then make a mold (or impression) of your teeth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your veneers are custom-made.
On your next visit, the veneers are attached to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement. After that, all that is left is for you to go home and enjoy your beautiful new smile.