dental Porcelain Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic option that helps to enhance and perfect the look of your smile. Despite being incredibly thin, porcelain veneers can last upwards of 10 years before they’ll need to be replaced. If you’re unhappy with your smile and ready for a change, the best option for you would be veneers. The procedure is noninvasive, quick and requires little to no local anesthetic.

Why are Porcelain Veneers needed?

Veneers can cover a range of dental woes quickly and effectively. You can experience the benefits of a fuller, healthier-looking smile without needing to undergo invasive and drastic procedures. Some of the reasons you may want to consider porcelain veneers include:

  • Your front teeth are chipped and cracked
  • Your front teeth are uneven or spaced
  • You have severe discoloration and staining
  • You’re unhappy with the look of your smile
  • You want a dramatic change without the extensive work
What is the Porcelain Veneer Process?

The first step will include taking impressions of your teeth. The models of your teeth will then be sent to your ceramist, along with detailed instructions and even photographs of the smile you want to achieve. You will then return to look at your models after the ceramist applies special wax to show the final shape of the veneers. Once you love the look of the wax veneers we will schedule your preparation visit.  

At your preparation visit, we will shape the teeth to make room for the porcelain. A mold of the prepared teeth will be made and you will leave the office with temporary veneers which match the shapes of your wax veneers. This gives you a chance to test drive your veneers.  If you want to make changes to the shape of your veneers, we simply adjust the temporaries and make a mold for the ceramist to replicate.

The day that you return for the seating of the veneers we will remove your temporary veneers and try in the permanent veneers. Once you are certain you love the look of the veneers we will permanently bond them to your teeth. Often at this time we will make molds of the final veneers so that a night guard can be made to protect your veneers while you sleep.

Who’s a good candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Most patients who want veneers can have the procedure done safely and easily. Veneers are ideal only for adult patients and should not be considered for pediatric patients or teenagers. Veneers are easy to care for and can last for a decade, so they’re great for those individuals looking for solid, long-lasting results. We can determine if you’ll benefit from veneers with a simple dental examination.

The truth is that most of our teeth acquire stains, chips, breaks, and cracks over our lifetime. In addition, some of us have always been dissatisfied with the shape of our teeth, or some permanent discoloration, or maybe even fillings that are showing their age. Dental porcelain veneers are natural looking and highly resistant to permanent discoloration from coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco, your smile will have a healthy, natural look!