Veneers: How They Are Placed And How They Can Transform Your Smile

Posted on: 16 October 2015

If you would like to improve the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dental applications such as veneers can help. Veneers are thin slivers of porcelain or resin that can be applied to the front surface of your teeth to enhance their appearance. Here is the process for applying veneers and a few ways veneers can transform your smile:

How are veneers placed?

When you decide to get veneers, you can expect to have at least two scheduled visits with your dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will make a mold of your teeth from which the veneers will be fabricated.

During the same visit, your dentist will remove a thin layer of your tooth enamel so that the veneers will not protrude from the surface of your teeth. After the enamel is removed, your dentist will apply temporary veneers that remain in place until your permanent veneers arrive.

During the second visit, the permanent veneers are bonded to your teeth.

How can veneers improve your smile?

Teeth Whitening

Unlike dental bleaching agents, dental veneers don't whiten your teeth chemically. They actually cover color imperfections. This can be advantageous for people who have dental stains that are not affected by bleaching. 

Tooth-whitening kits that use dental bleach only remove certain types of stains, such as those from food, drink or tobacco. However, dental bleach does not improve the look of permanent stains, such as those from a congenital condition or from medications. Drugs such as tetracycline can permanently discolor teeth as a side effect.

Veneers conceal the discoloration and make the teeth look perfectly white. In addition, unlike tooth-bleaching solutions, the application of veneers does not increase dental sensitivity.

Misshapen Teeth

Some teeth may not develop a desired shape. Teeth that are too small or that display an irregular contour can stand out and make your smile look less attractive. Veneers can be applied to teeth that are structurally different for greater dental uniformity.

Chipped Teeth

Sometimes, a dental irregularity can be caused by trauma. A chipped or cracked tooth may not have many oral health implications if it is properly sealed. However, it can be quite noticeable in your mouth.


Severe misalignments should be corrected using orthodontic applications. However, misalignments that are minor can be hidden using veneers.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, veneers can make a difference. Contact a dental clinic, such as Rupp and Grabowski Family Dentistry, to learn how veneers can give you the smile that you want.