Some qualities of a beautiful smile are easy to identify; good tooth color, shape, and alignment are a few of the most important ones. If your teeth do not quite hit the mark in any of these categories, porcelain veneers may be a perfect treatment for you. A porcelain veneer is an extremely strong, extremely thin piece of porcelain that bears a strong resemblance to tooth enamel. When bonded to the teeth, veneers can create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. They can disguise practically anything that you do not like about your smile.
Veneers may be able to significantly improve any of the following characteristics of teeth:
If you would like to preview how veneers would look on your teeth, that is possible via one of several methods. We can create a model of your teeth, over which wax “veneers” can be placed. In some cases, we are able to place acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material directly onto a patient’s teeth to demonstrate the effect that veneers would have on them.
Once we settle on a plan for your veneers, we will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from them, if this step is necessary. We may have to do so in order to ensure that your veneers do not make your smile look bulky or unnatural. However, recent years have brought about remarkable advances in dental porcelain technology. These days, it is often possible to make veneers so thin that they can be bonded directly onto an existing tooth surface — no enamel removal necessary. When it is necessary to remove some enamel, we take an extremely thin layer — as thin as the veneer itself. Either way, the results are almost guaranteed to please.
After your teeth are ready, we will take molds of them. A skilled dental laboratory will use those molds to fabricate your veneers. In the meantime, you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to craft your permanent ones. When your veneers arrive back in our office, we will verify their fit before we cement them onto your teeth.