Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are designed to help your smile look its best. Veneers are shaped and custom-made in a dental laboratory. When bonded to your teeth, they can completely reshape your teeth to make your smile beautiful and flawless. They can serve as an alternative to crowns and are the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

Veneers can enhance your smile by:

  • Cosmetically perfecting your smile
  • Correcting crooked teeth
  • Fixing misshapen teeth
  • Correcting severe discolorations/stains on teeth
  • Correcting teeth that are too small or too large
  • Fixing uneven spaces between teeth
  • Repairing chipped or worn teeth

Procedure

The procedure takes place over the course of two visits to the office. In the first visit, your teeth will be prepared to receive the veneers. Your teeth will be lightly buffed and the surfaces shaped to prepare for bonding and the additional thickness provided by the veneers. Molds (impressions) will also be taken to provide the custom fitting of the veneers to your teeth. The correct shade to match surrounding teeth will then be chosen by your dentist.

In the second visit, your teeth will be cleansed with special agents to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. It is important, after the procedure, to follow recommended care instructions given by your dentist. Maintaining proper dental hygiene (brushing, flossing, etc.) will support the life of your veneers.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, providing you with a cosmetically pleasing smile.