Why Porcelain Veneers?
When age, diet and smoking discolor teeth, porcelain veneers are the choice to brighten teeth and improve your smile. They are highly resistant to staining and can achieve a very strong bond to the teeth underneath easily surpassing other restorative dental options. Porcelain veneers are a fairly conservative approach to improving the appearance of teeth adversely affected by too much fluoride as a child, stained from the use of antibiotics such as tetracycline, or simply made unattractive due to fillings, injury to the teeth, or decay. Patients who have gaps between teeth or chipped teeth may want to consider porcelain veneers. Just like crowns, veneers can last many years if they are applied by a trained dentist.
Typically, the application of porcelain veneers takes three visits: diagnosis and planning, preparation and bonding. During the first visit, you will take an active role in the design of your new smile. We will explain veneers thoroughly to you, and decisions about what is best for you will be made.
During the second visit, the teeth will be prepared for the veneers by first being lightly reshaped and recontoured. Only about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed; this may require local anesthetic. A mold is then taken of the teeth, which is sent to the lab that will make your porcelain veneers.
The third and last appointment the veneers are placed on the teeth to check their fit and color. At this time, the color can still be adjusted, but the color cannot be changed after the veneers are cemented in place. To apply the veneers, the teeth are cleansed with a solution to achieve a strong dental bond. Dental cement is placed between the veneer and the tooth, and a visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.