Porcelain Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth colored material designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve appearance. Veneers provide virtually the ultimate in cosmetic enhancement, since they can be used to optimize tooth color, shape, size, texture, and shininess.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite resin. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Porcelain is also more durable than resin (resin veneers are much more likely to chip than porcelain veneers).
Common reasons for porcelain veneers:
- Reduce or eliminate spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Repair broken or chipped teeth
- Whiten dark teeth, yellow teeth, permanently stained teeth or otherwise discolored teeth
- Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
- Close small holes or pits in teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth that are too small, too big, or uneven
What are the steps involved for getting a veneer?
Getting a porcelain veneer usually requires three visits to the dental office: one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.
Dr. Feldman will do a complete examination of your teeth to determine if porcelain veneers are the right solution for you. The procedure can usually be accomplished in two appointments after the initial diagnosis and treatment planning.
At the first appointment, Dr. Feldman will prepare your teeth, which requires removal of approximately half a millimeter of tooth structure, which is an amount equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth. A local anesthesia may be used but is typically not necessary. Next, a model or impression will be made of your teeth. This model is sent out to the cosmetic dental laboratory to fabricate the veneers. It usually takes about 2 weeks. While the final porcelain veneers are being fabricated, temporary veneers are placed over the teeth.
Once the porcelain veneers come back from the laboratory, the temporaries are popped off and the permanent porcelain veneers are cemented on the teeth. The excess of cement is removed, then some polishing and an adjustment of the bite is done.
As with most dental restorations, veneers have a certain lifetime and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years giving you a long-lasting smile. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
We invite you to contact us today to learn more about porcelain veneers. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your smile.