Veneers – FAQ about Dental Veneers
Dental veneers allow you to change the appearance of your teeth. You might hear people refer to dental veneers as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. The veneers are thin shells, custom-made to fit the shape and color of your teeth. Thinness is important because veneers bond to the front of the tooth. Once in place, the color, shape, length and size of the tooth with the veneer is changed.
The material used to make veneers determines the results. Veneers made from porcelain offer more stain resistance than those made from resin composite materials. Porcelain also has similar light reflecting properties as natural teeth. Veneers made with resin composite materials are thinner than those made with porcelain are. Because resin composite materials produce a thinner veneer, the surface of your tooth does not have to be as thin as with porcelain.
Veneers are good for situations, such as…
- Your teeth are no longer white, due to age, stains, medications or other dental procedures (such as fillings that affect tooth color).
- Your teeth are broken, chipped or worn.
- Your teeth are uneven, out of place or oddly shaped.
- Your teeth have gaps between them.
Here at the dental offices of Dr. Aki Shirakura & Associates, we put great care into getting your veneers just right. It will take several visits to get you fitted correctly. Your will have a consultation to learn more about veneers. Your dentist will also decide if veneers are appropriate for your situation.
After the initial meeting, you return to the office for fittings and to have your teeth prepared to fit the veneer. Once the veneer is complete, you return to apply the veneer. In order to achieve the best fit, your dentist may remove the veneer several times for adjustments. The dentist will not bond the veneer until it fits perfectly.
Dental Veneers at Dr. Aki Shirakura & Associates
Contact Dr. Aki Shirakura & Associates to learn more about dental veneers. They can tell you if veneers are right for your situation.