Dr. Christopher Chow
Dr. Victor H. Zuercher, Jr.
1441 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 706
Honolulu, HI 96814
A veneer bonded on the surface of the tooth can easily correct misshapen, chipped, cracked, crooked, or stained teeth. When considering veneers, our patients on Oahu may be curious about the process and what is involved. Understanding the basics can assist our patients in deciding if this option may be the right choice.
How it Works
Veneers are placed over the surface of the teeth to alter the shape, color, alignment, and overall appearance. They are made of either plastic or porcelain and have a longer lifespan than traditional bonding. In addition, they are able to easily withstand stains from coffee, tea, and other foods as well as tobacco stains caused by smoking. Veneers are fabricated in a lab, based on a model given to the lab technician by the dental impression done at our Honolulu office. When a dental patient comes in for their preparation treatment, their teeth are buffed to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. This preparation visit involves removing about half a millimeter from any given tooth, selecting a color, then an impression is made of that tooth. The subsequent visit involves the bonding of the veneer, which lasts for about one to two hours. During this visit, the placement of the veneers is finalized, and the veneer is bonded and secured so it provides the patient years of trouble-free use.
Scheduling a Follow Up Visit
It is important to schedule a follow up visit to ensure that the procedure has been satisfactory. It is important to come in regularly for teeth cleaning as well to ensure the lifespan of the veneers. Patients may notice changes in the size and shape of their teeth during the two week adjustment period following treatment. This is typical and is a result of the veneer setting and bonding with the existing enamel.