What Is a Dental Veneer?

An “indirect” veneer is a thin porcelain shell that fits over the front of the tooth. It can improve the color, shade, shape, and length of a tooth to give it a more “perfect” appearance. Porcelain dental veneers are popular because the porcelain used to make them has a natural-looking translucence, similar to tooth enamel.

Dental Veneers Are a Lifelong Commitment

The most important lesson to learn about porcelain veneers is that they are not for everyone! As we understand more about veneers and other types of cosmetic procedures advances, there are now many other options besides veneers for patients who want an alternative, or who have a misaligned bite or a teeth grinding habit that could interfere with the success of veneers.

The best way to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental veneers is to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Huang or Dr. Xu.

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

The veneer procedure involves the dentist polishing away a thin layer of enamel on the front teeth. This is to make space for the new veneers without a bulky or fake appearance. It also assists in bonding the veneer to the tooth.

Dr. Huang or Dr. Xu will then take digital impressions of the teeth to share with our dental lab to ensure that the veneers are the perfect length, shape, and color for your smile.

Our dental lab will fabricate thin porcelain "laminates," and your Glenmont dentist will cement them onto the front teeth. Veneers can often mask internally stained teeth, adjust teeth in minor undesirable positions, and create a great smile. 

Are Tooth Veneers Right for Me?

There are many contraindications of veneers that need to be screened during treatment planning. For example, if you had multiple fillings or existing cavities in the front teeth, veneers may not be the best option for you. Additionally, a teeth-grinding habit can quickly damage or break veneers.

Composite Veneers

Another alternative to porcelain veneers is composite veneers, also called a “direct veneer.” Composite veneers are done chairside in our dental office without the need for an outside dental lab. Instead of using a thin porcelain laminate, we would apply a thin layer of composite (filling) material. While composite veneers may not last as long, they are a lot more affordable than porcelain veneers.

Book Your Cosmetic Dentistry Exam at Our Glenmont Office

We welcome you to set up a consultation appointment so we can develop a comprehensive treatment plan and create a great smile for you. Please call our Glenmont dental office at (518) 776-4939 to set up an appointment or schedule online.