Dental veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped covers that are placed on the surfaces of the teeth to correct an array of cosmetic issues. Veneers can be tinted to match the color of neighboring teeth so they blend beautifully. Dr. Chu specializes in cosmetic veneers to correct issues like:
Veneer application usually requires 2 office visits.
At the first visit, Dr. Chu will remove a very small amount of the tooth’s superficial material to make room for the veneer so it rests flush with the surfaces of the neighboring teeth.
Dr. Chu will take an impression of the tooth to serve as the model for the veneer, and she’ll also select the tint.
Dr. Chu will place a temporary veneer on the tooth to protect it.
Then the impression will be sent to a lab that specializes in dental veneer fabrication.
At the second appointment, Dr. Chu will remove the temporary veneer and clean the tooth surface, then she’ll apply the veneer and buff it and shape it so it fits seamlessly and looks completely natural.
Lumineers are the most popular type of dental veneer. Extremely thin — about the same thickness as a contact lens — Lumineers have a translucent quality that reflects and absorbs light like the surface of a tooth for a more natural-looking result compared to some other types of veneers.
Because Lumineers are so thin, their application requires minimal or no removal of tooth material, which means temporary veneers won’t be needed. When no tooth material is removed, the veneers can also be removed if desired without compromising the integrity of the tooth structure.
No. Veneers can be cared for with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental cleanings. It’s also important to avoid biting or chewing on hard substances like ice or hard candy to prevent chipping or damaging the veneer.
With proper care, veneers can last a decade or longer.
No. There is no need. Veneers are designed to be impermeable so they are resistant to stains. It also means whitening agents aren’t able to penetrate the surface. If a veneer does become discolored over time, it will need to be replaced.