Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and may someday need replacement. However, they are very durable and will give you many years of wonderful service with the proper care.
Veneers are considered minimally invasive dentistry and can be preformed one of two ways. First, is with minimal tooth preparation (reduction), typically between 0.3 and 0.5 mm of tooth reduction. Secondly, they can be completed without any tooth reduction, being applied directly over the face of the tooth, much like a contact lens, changing the color and shape of the teeth without a single injection or any drilling. Currently, the popular ?no preparation? veneers are known as LUMINEERS ? our dental staff would be happy to discuss the different veneers with you and their different indications.
Getting veneers usually requires three visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the entire procedure. At the first visit, the dentist will work with the patient to design the smile of which you?ve always dreamed. The procedure may involve taking impressions to make models of your mouth and taking photographs so we can do a digital rendering of the final results with smile design software. Our models also allow for the fabrication of beautiful lab fabricated temporaries to be ready for your smile transformation. On the second visit, the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.
A mold or impression of the teeth is made and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. The temporary veneers will be cemented so that the patient can evaluate the esthetics and occlusion of their new smile. On the third visit, the temporaries will be removed; the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement will be placed between the tooth and the veneer and the cement will be hardened with a special light. Our staff will review all the new care instructions for your veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.