Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain fixed onto teeth to enhance appearance, and in some cases, to protect the teeth. Veneers allow many patients to achieve a dramatic smile makeover without highly invasive treatments. The results are also durable, lasting ten to thirty years.
Veneers typically require two or three appointments. The first is a consultation to determine the desired look, and plan the shape of the veneers to achieve it.
During the second visit the surfaces of the teeth will be prepared. This preparation is done by removing a very thin layer of enamel and taking impressions of the teeth. Using these impressions, veneers are fabricated to fit onto the surfaces, either on-site, or at a lab facility. On the third visit, the dentist will apply a cleaning solution to prepare the surfaces of the teeth for bonding, and the permanent veneers will be cemented.