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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental ceramist.  They are bonded to teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.  We recommend ceramic veneers over composite veneers due to the increased material durability, surface smoothness and color stability.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be conservative alternatives to full crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.  They are typically the main restoration in most cosmetic cases.

As with most dental restorations, veneers  may someday need replacement.  Commonly, a bite guard is made after the veneers are placed to protect them and reduce the chance of fracture.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires at least  two visits to complete the process.  Prior to treatment, consultation regarding the patients wishes, photographs, study models and xrays help us to plan the changes that need to be made and for the patient to visualize and approve of the improvements.  Commonly, patients precede veneer treatment by bleaching their teeth which helps when significant shade changes are desired.

At the first treatment appointment, teeth are prepared  to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.  In most cases, temporary veneers are bonded in place and help the patient "preview" the final result.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond and the veneers tried in to visualize and approved by the patient.   Bonding adhesive is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.