Porcelain dental veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as an alternative, you can eliminate gaps between your teeth, stained teeth, or badly shaped or crooked teeth. Veneers placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly, to help you achieve a beautiful smile! Please call us for a consultation if you are considering porcelain Veneers treatment.
The Porcelain Dental Veneer Procedure
The veneer procedure has several steps in achieving a great smile. First, diagnosis and treatment planning will happen through an appointed consultation. You will want to take an active role in the planning your smile design. Through this consultation, your doctor can utilize photographs, study models, and wax-up presentations to review the plan and the upcoming results of this procedure. During the review, you are welcome to ask any questions and to discuss treatment in your smile plan.
The second step is an appointment where the teeth will be prepared for the dental veneers procedure. The teeth are lightly buffed and approximately one half of a millimeter of each tooth involved is removed. Sometimes anesthesia is not even needed. A mold is taken of your teeth and then sent to a professional dental lab for fabrication of your porcelain veneers.
At your last appointment, your doctor will first place the dental veneers on your teeth with water or glycerin to check the fit and color. After the color is determined, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the teeth involved are cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. Depending on the number of teeth that are receiving the veneer procedure, each of the appointments will take from one to two hours of time for your doctor to produce a wonderful, pleasing result for you.