What are veneers?

Veneers are a thin shell made to go over the front of a tooth in order to improve its appearance. They can be made out of a few different materials but the most commonly used is porcelain. Aside from improving your smile, they also serve to strengthen the enamel of a weaker tooth. As they are a common procedure to cover small chips and cracks, they can be a viable method of treatment to discuss with your dentist when seeking cosmetic dental work.


When first visiting with the dentist, an impression will be taken of your teeth and sent to a lab, where the veneer will be custom made in a week or so. The tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel and laying a temporary veneer in place using removable glue. During this time, the wearer will have to be gentle when brushing and avoid eating foods that could push the temporary veneer out of place.

After the permanent veneer arrives from the lab, you will be called in for your second appointment to have it put in place of the temporary veneer. The dentist will take this time to make sure the fit is perfect and see if any other adjustments are needed. The tooth will then be cleansed and the veneer will be bonded to the tooth.

If you’re looking to have some cosmetic dental work done, ask about veneers during your next appointment. At Mary Ann Childs DMD, we regularly take care of all of our patients’ cosmetic needs and would be more than happy to help improve your smile!

Call us to schedule your appointment today at 864-990-5409

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