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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular.

Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Our dentist’s places veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Teeth that are discolored –either because of root canal (treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)

What's the Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer?

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. Our dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve. The Dentist may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
  • Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, our dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and our dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, our dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent to our dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer.
  • Bonding. Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, our dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. Our dentist will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched—which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, our dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Our dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.