Throughout the past, the sole method for correcting teeth imperfections was through the use of a tooth-covering crown. Today, many other possibilities exist: crowns, contouring, orthodontics and veneers. A veneer is a thin amount of material laid around a tooth, which functions as protection against damage to the teeth, as well as for aesthetics. Dental veneers can be permanent or temporary, with temporary veneers being made of flexible materials that can be reused and removed. The two most popular materials from which permanent veneers can be crafted are composite and porcelain. Composite veneers can be directly placed and built onto the teeth, or indirectly crafted in a dental laboratory and applied to the tooth later with a bonding resin cement. Porcelain veneers, however, can only be made indirectly, and are generally 0.5 to 0.6 mm in thickness.

The best way to look into the process of getting veneers is to first visit an AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) certified dentist, in order to determine if veneers are appropriate for your lifestyle and needs. Communication between patients and dentists is vital for ensuring the success of veneers. It is important to identify what you wish to accomplish with veneers.  For example, is it to conceal discoloration, or to eliminate the illusion of chips and crack on the surface of the tooth? Because all mouths are unique, the process of applying veneers requires deciding whether or not veneers are fitting and appropriate to a client’s lifestyle and health. A Tampa cosmetic dentist can inform you of what steps will be necessary to create the desired final look, and provide you with a mock-up to give you the ability to try on the veneers so that you can decide if the finished product is what you want. If a mock-up is not available, dentists can create pictures through cosmetic imaging, to provide an example of how the veneers will look.