Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the dentist to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases.
Veneers are created from an impression taken in your cosmetic dentist's office. Your custom veneer is then glued directly onto your tooth. Veneers won't stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colours that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing colour.
It takes roughly a week or two of a period of adjustment to get used to your teeth that have been changed in colour, size, spacing and shape. While very little tooth is removed in most cases, there are situations where more tooth must be removed which increases the risk of trauma to the tooth. The amount of tooth to be removed for the veneers should be discussed with your cosmetic dentist beforehand.
It is common to have minor sensitivity after your teeth have been prepared for your veneers while wearing the temporary veneers and some people can temporarily experience a difference in speech, usually pronouncing "s" and "f" sounds. Veneers are very reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, but not perfect replacements for natural teeth. It's common to see slight variations in the colour of veneers upon very close inspection, as with natural teeth. It can take up to a month or two before your new smile feels a part of you.
If you suffer from bruxism, (night grinding), clenching or grinding of your teeth, then your veneers can become damaged, chipped or cracked. Speak to us about wearing a mouth guard at night to protect your new smile.