The veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain that covers the front of your tooth. This means that if your teeth are crooked or crowded, or if you have gaps between your teeth, or if your teeth are discolored or decayed, the veneer can cover the defects and give you a radiant smile. The veneer is custom-made by a skilled dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from models and guidelines provided by the dentist.

It is important for you to know that fabricating veneers is technically very demanding for the dentist and dental technician. The dentist has to have extensive training in dental cosmetics and dental adhesives, and each veneer case has to be carefully planned. Unfortunately, patients often come into my dental office with failed veneers placed by dentists who did not have the proper training. Yes, veneers can fail: they can break, they can detach from the tooth, stains and decay can develop around the veneer and the aesthetics can be awful if the case is not properly planned. Often I have to re-do these cases.

But when done well and when indicated, veneers are a wonderful service. We start with a consult to discover your needs and desires. We take radiographs and photographs, make models of your teeth, and perform a comprehensive exam. We can also do computer imaging to show you how your teeth might look. We will then discuss what we feel we can achieve with veneers. If you want to proceed, we share the models and photographs with our oral design laboratory. They create a "diagnostic waxup model" which is a blueprint for the final veneers. We review the waxup model with you. If accepted, we schedule an appointment to prepare the teeth and take impressions. We will send you home with provisional veneers which are a try-in for the final veneers. We make sure that the provisional veneers are aesthetic, function well and feel good. These provisionals then become the blueprint for the final product. The next visit is the cementation visit. We try in the veneers for aesthetics, fit, and function, and if approved by patient and dentist, we bond in the veneers with an adhesive bonding cement. We give instructions on how to keep the veneered teeth healthy, and we see you back in our dental surgery at regular intervals to ensure a long life for your new smile.