What is a veneer?
Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve appearance. These shells are bonded to the front surface of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. Dr. Coello will discuss the best choice of veneer material for you.
What types of problems do veneers fix?
- Teeth that stained or discolored
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are crooked, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
How is a veneer done?
During the first visit, Dr. Coello will prepare the tooth, removing only about 0.5mm of the enamel. An impression will be taken and sent to be fabricated by one of our highly skilled dental laboratories.
A temporary material will be placed on the tooth until the permanent veneer is ready to be cemented. A second visit will be scheduled in 7-10 days, this is when the veneer will be cemented in place after checking the bite and patient approves of the appearance.
Are veneers covered by dental insurances?
Dental insurances don’t usually cover dental veneers because they are considered esthetic, although there may be some plans that have limited veneer coverage.