What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth. They are placed in order to create an attractively white and even smile. Placing a veneer can quickly and easily resolve color and shape related tooth problems.
What can Veneers fix?
Veneers can address a variety of issues for teeth that are:
- Uneven or undersized
- Separated by a gap
Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s natural teeth. They are among the best of the restorative options when it comes to replicating the look of healthy tooth enamel. They are also resistant to staining from coffee, tea, or smoking cigarettes. And, because veneers are so thin, light shines through them, helping them blend in naturally with the other teeth.
Durability Of Porcelain Veneers
With proper care, porcelain veneers can often last for 10 to 15 years. Veneers are strong, durable, and are manufactured from the highest quality porcelain. We fit veneers with precision and bond them to your teeth with the most advanced adhesive materials available.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The placement of porcelain veneers requires three appointments for the following:
Diagnosis And Treatment Planning
This initial appointment provides the patient with the opportunity to take an active role in designing and discussing the restorative veneer process. Dr. Hiebert and Dr. Smith will discuss the corrective abilities and limitations of this procedure with the patient.
At the second appointment, Dr. Hiebert or Dr. Smith will lightly buff the teeth to compensate for the added thickness the veneers will create. The teeth are typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. Next, our staff will take an impression of the teeth and send it to the lab. Dr. Smith and Dr. Hiebert offer temporary veneers if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The veneers are usually ready within one to two weeks.
At the third appointment, Dr. Hiebert and Dr. Smith will initially hold the veneers in place on the teeth with water or glycerin to determine whether they are perfect in fit and color. The color of the veneers can still be adjusted by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere them. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the teeth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and the veneers, and a special light is used to quickly harden the cement.
What Can I Expect After the Veneers Have Been Placed?
After the third and final appointment patients can leave our office and return to their normal activities. Some patients can experience sensitivity after their veneer is placed. This is a result of the reduced amount of enamel on the prepared tooth. Sensitivity to hot and cold is a common side effect and typically goes away in a week or two.
Care And Maintenance Of Porcelain Veneers
Patients should care for their porcelain veneers in the same way that they care for their natural teeth. They will not be damaged by brushing and flossing, although using nonabrasive toothpaste is recommended. Veneers improve the appearance of teeth and, with proper home care and regular dental visits, will last for many years.