Go ahead, hide behind your smile!
If you’re unhappy with the size, shape or color of your teeth, porcelain veneers may be the long-lasting solution you’ve been hoping for!
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain pieces that are placed on top of your natural teeth to change their color or shape. They can make short teeth longer, or mildly crooked teeth appear straight. Veneers are ideal for those with chipped or broken teeth, severe tooth discoloration, or teeth with gaps or spaces in between.
After your initial consultation, the process of getting veneers can usually be completed in as little as two visits. First, we will remove a small layer of enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneer. Although this is a relatively painless procedure, we will decide together whether you would like to use a local anesthetic.
Then we will take impressions of your teeth and choose the best shade of white for a natural smile. It can take up to two weeks for your porcelain veneers to be custom-made in a dental laboratory. In the meantime, we will fit temporary veneers for you.
Once your new veneers arrive, you’ll come back for the second visit. We will spend some time testing the size and color against your teeth, and trimming them for a perfect fit. Once your veneers are just right, we will clean, polish and etch your teeth in preparation for bonding. Etching is painless—it involves roughening the surface of the tooth with an abrasive liquid for maximum adherence.
After your teeth are prepared, dental bonding cement is applied and your veneers are placed. We sometimes use a special light to help the cement harden (or “cure”) more quickly. We may have you return to the office for a follow up visit to be sure that your new porcelain veneers still fit comfortably.
If you think that porcelain veneers may be the right fit for you, talk with us to learn more during your next visit!