Porcelain Veneers and Esthetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of tooth colored porcelain or ceramic which cover the front of your tooth.  Veneers are used to change the appearance of your teeth and smile by changing the shape and size of your tooth, changing the color of your tooth, and correcting alignment, chipping and staining issues.  Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth and can dramatically change your smile.

Veneers generally take 2-3 appointments.  In most cases, an initial consultation appointment will be scheduled.  During this appointment, we will discuss your goals and the changes you would like to see in your smile.  This is a great time to bring in photos of yourself and others in order to best communicate the changes you want to see and the ideal smile you would like to achieve. A mockup can then be done by the lab so you may see what the final result would look like before we start.  At the follow up consultation we will review the lab mockup, our treatment options and recommendations, and create a treatment plan.  We encourage you to bring your spouse or significant other to this appointment to help you with the decision making process. Patients wanting to whiten their teeth should start the process prior to this appointment and/or starting treatment.

Once we are happy with the design, an appointment will be scheduled for preparation of the teeth, impressions, and temporization.  The teeth will be prepared to make space for the veneer and allow for corrections in color, shape, and orientation.  Temporary veneers will then be placed while the dental lab creates your new smile.  Temporary veneers will be made based on the mockup, allowing you to get a preview of your new smile, verify function, and request changes prior to final fabrication of your veneers.

Your final appointment will be for removal of the temporary veneers and placement of your new permanent veneers.  We check color, shape, orientation and size prior to cementation. When you are happy with the veneers thy will be permanently bonded to your teeth. Once veneers are placed, a nightguard is often recommended to protect your new smile from chipping and debonding.