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If you’re searching for a permanent way to improve the quality of your smile while avoiding grinding or drilling, veneers may be the answer. Veneers are bonded directly to the surface of malformed, broken or discolored teeth, providing a polished, straight look.

Porcelain Veneers

Crafted to provide a beautiful appearance and comfortable fit, porcelain veneers are an excellent option to improve your smile. The process is relatively simple; impressions are taken of the target tooth, then those impressions are used to create a veneer. The target tooth is reduced to ensure an even fit, and then the veneer is attached with durable bonding cement. The veneers are matched with tooth color and shape to provide optimal appearance as well.

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Questions and Answers

What are Veneers?

Veneering a tooth means to cover its facial or front surface. It is actually very similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails except they are permanently in place. Veneers are used to enhance shapes and colors of teeth as well as to close spaces between teeth and to cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline.

What is the difference between direct and indirect Veneers?

There are two types of veneers: direct and indirect. Direct veneers are done in a single visit and with a composite or plastic material. Indirect veneers are usually done in two visits and require a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration. The indirect veneer can be either a composite material or more commonly, a porcelain material. Due to the advancements in the porcelain substrates and the bonding materials used to place them, they are often used in place of crowns for a more conservative and natural looking smile.

What does Veneering a tooth involve?

First Step: During the first visit, a local anesthetic is used and the tooth or teeth are reduced by approximately 0.5mm – 1.5mm. An impression of the teeth in this state is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. This usually takes two to three weeks to complete. A temporary restoration will be placed during this time that will look like what we want the porcelain to look like. There may or may not be slight sensitivity to hot and cold during this period.

Second Step: At the second visit, a local anesthetic may be used for the patient's comfort in seating the veneers. After thoroughly cleaning and preparing the teeth, the veneers are then placed with a cement material and cured or hardened with a special curing light.

How long will Veneers last?

There are many different variations of porcelains used today and this should be discussed with the dentist ahead of time. Typically, the porcelains should last about 15 years; however, with proper care and maintenance, they can last longer. Porcelain veneers resist staining, reflect light and are among the strongest and most natural looking restorations available.