Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by veneers placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth, teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain facings cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color and shape.   Properly placed veneers are not bulky or long, and the gum tissue around the veneers should be pink and healthy.   They should mimic the natural opalescence of the enamel.  Veneers are color stable, and they are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the thickness of the porcelain shell.  A skilled lab technician can create opalescent and live like veneers that are hard to distinct from natural dentition.

Many patients inquire about the “no-prep-veneers” or “minimally-prepped-veneers” known as the Lumineers.  The obvious advantage of the Lumineers is that it requires minimal to no tooth preparation; however, with such thin restoration, the final result often appears a bit bulky and monotone.

Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment planning – During this initial appointment, we will evaluate your teeth and the surrounding gum tissues, as well as make the study models of your existing teeth.  These models we obtain will allow us to set up the design of your beautiful smile which will facilitate the visualization of your final result.
  2. Tooth-preparation, Impression, and Provisionalization – the teeth are lightly prepared to allow for the small added thickness of the veneers. Usually, approximately 0 .5 to 1.2 millimeter of the tooth structure is removed depending on the underlying color and position of the teeth.  An impression is taken and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.  Temporary veneers are made and placed on your teeth to allow for the evaluation of the aesthetics and function of your proposed veneer restorations.  Any changes of color size and shape can be adjusted during the temporary stage.
  3. Placement – veneers are try-in with a glycerine based paste to check for color and fit.  The teeth are cleansed and treated with specific chemicals to achieve a strong bond between the veneers and the tooth structure.  Finally, a visible light beam is used to catalyze the cement for bonding.  The veneers are cleaned, polished, rinsed, and inspected for any residual cement.

Beautiful, natural, and aesthetically pleasing results can be achieved through these processes.  Let us help you create a beautiful smile you always desired!

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