To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.
The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the esthetic perfection desired, but also a strong bond which is essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.
Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.
Dr. Chen will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color which matches the color of your tooth most closely. The tooth surface is roughened and etched to prepare it for the bonding material. The tooth is then coated with a resin liquid, after which a composite resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once hardened by a curing light, the veneer is trimmed and polished to a natural shape and appearance. A composite veneer is a great way to fix or enhance your smile.