The dentists at the Dental Cosmetics Center of Piscataway can also fit you with custom veneers. A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored porcelain covering, placed over the front portion of the tooth. They are generally placed on the upper front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
Direct Technique or Bonding
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments, because the veneers need to be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering.
In two to three weeks, after the veneers are back from the lab, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The dentist trims the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit. The color of the veneer can be adjusted with the shade of cement. Next, to place veneers to your tooth, the teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. Special cement is applied to the veneer and is then placed on your tooth. Once properly placed on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light on the tooth, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure. The final step will involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer if needed. Your dentist may ask for a follow-up visit check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.