This is a veneer. It’s a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that’s bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and top of a tooth. Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth.
When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original looks.
It takes two or more appointments to restore teeth with veneers. On the first appointment, we shape and roughen the teeth. From impressions we make precise working models of the teeth. It’s on these models that we artistically craft veneers to exactly fit the prepared teeth.
On the second appointment, we clean and polish the prepared teeth. Then we use an adhesive to bond the veneers to the teeth. A harmless high intensity light hardens the adhesive. Once in place, veneers virtually become part of the teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth. The bond is extremely strong.
The final results are beautiful and natural looking teeth.
Dr. Erramouspe – Rock Springs, Wyoming Dentist