Veneers are porcelain coverings for the front of your teeth. They can correct many types of cosmetic problems:
They are that versatile. Veneers are becoming more popular due to shows like Extreme Makeover who use them on a regular basis to achieve dramatic improvements. Bonding, on the other hand, can be used to correct minor cosmetic problems, but are not as strong as veneers. Bonding uses the same material (composite) used in white fillings. The drawback with bonding is that they do not last nearly as long as veneers since they are prone to chipping.
Veneers are completed in two visits. At the first visit your teeth will be filed and an impression will be taken. The impression will be sent to the lab so that they can fabricate veneers for a proper fit to your teeth. But before you leave the office temporary teeth will be applied to your filed teeth. Dr. Arrighi takes great care in ensuring your temporary teeth are as comfortable and as aesthetically pleasing as possible. At the next visit, the temporary teeth are removed and the veneers are applied using a resin cement.
No. The benefit of using veneers vs. a crown, for example, is that much less of the tooth structure is lost during filing. The tooth remains very much as strong and as healthy compared to pre-veneers.
Veneers have become a popular choice for cosmetic dentistry because they last much longer and resist chipping and discoloration unlike their counterpart, bonding.