Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance.
If you are unhappy with your smile and want a relatively non-invasive way to transform your teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to the natural tooth enamel, porcelain veneers can be a great option for you. They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel.
Porcelain veneers can last upwards of 10 years, providing you with a long-lasting and highly durable cosmetic option that completely changes the look and feel of your current smile without all of the extensive work involved.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are small thin shells of porcelain that are created in a dental lab to look exactly like real human teeth. They are custom made for each patient to ensure a beautiful, uniform fit that matches your current smile. They are then cemented onto the fronts of your teeth to cover up any imperfections that would otherwise take a lot of work and money to fix.
Who is a good candidate for Veneers?
An exam is done before it’s determined if you’re a viable candidate for the veneer procedure. However, most people who are unhappy with their smiles and want a quick, durable change are excellent candidates for veneers. Because veneers are made out of porcelain, you can rest assured that they will mimic the look and even feel of real teeth. Some of the best candidates for veneers include:
- Patients who have discolored and stained teeth
- Patients with gaps in between their teeth
- Patients with short, “gummy” smiles
- Patients who are unhappy with the way their smiles look
- Patients who want a cost-effective, quick way to completely transform the way that they look
What is the process to get Dental Veneers?
The procedure to having dental veneers placed is quick and pain free. The process usually takes one to two appointments and is done right here in our office. Because it is a quick and painless procedure, we do not usually use an anesthetic. However, if the patient is truly wanting it, accommodations can be made. The procedure goes as follows:
- Cleaning the tooth – we will begin by cleaning the tooth/teeth in order to determine the correct color for the veneer
- Remove small amount of enamel- the dentist will remove a small layer of enamel off of your tooth in order to make room for the veneers to fit properly
- Veneer is etched- the veneer needs to be etched so the adhesive will have a stronger bond.
- The veneer is permanently placed on the tooth