Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells or porcelain that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve the appearance. We choose to use veneers if people are unhappy with the color, shape, size or even the orthodontic position of their teeth. The procedure is very conservative by nature. Only the enamel is removed from the front surface of the tooth. That’s less than 1mm and the entire back side of the tooth remains untouched by the preparation.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are many laboratories that custom fabricate veneers and Grady Dental Care has had a long relationship with Burbank Dental Lab, a facility located in California who’s ceramists are specially trained to make veneers for each case we send them. They use photographs, impressions, models of your mouth, a written prescription, and a phone consultation with the doctor to make sure the restorations will be as well-fitting and aesthetically pleasing as possible. Patients occasionally ask for Lumineers, which is just a brand of material that is used to fabricate the veneer.
When should you consider dental veneers?
- Your teeth are stained or discolored
- Your teeth are crooked or misshapen
- Your teeth have spaces between them
- Your teeth are broken or chipped