Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain fixed onto teeth to enhance appearance, and in some cases, to protect the teeth. Veneers allow many patients to achieve a dramatic smile makeover without highly invasive treatments. The results are also durable, lasting 10-30 years.
Veneers typically require 2-3 appointments. The first is a consultation to determine the desired look, and plan the shape of the veneers to achieve it.
During the second visit, the tooth surfaces will be prepared, by removing a very thin layer of enamel, and taking impressions of the teeth. Using these impressions, veneers are fabricated to fit onto the surfaces, either on-site, or at a lab facility.
On the third visit, our dentist will apply a cleaning solution to prepare teeth surfaces for bonding, and the permanent veneers will be cemented.
Proper home care is very important for the long term success of any porcelain restoration and especially for veneers as they are very thin and are sometimes subjected to higher than normal stresses during chewing and biting. A custom made nightguard is highly recommended to protect them from breaking during the night as some of us grind and clench during our sleep. Also, some so-called para-functional activities should be avoided such are: pencil chewing, opening bags of chips etc. with your teeth, holding nails by your teeth while doing carpentry, biting your fingernails,… These and other preventative measures will be discussed in further detail with you in our office. For some more information on porcelain veneers, please visit our Frequently Asked Dental Questions page.
If you feel that your smile needs a makeover and that you might need porcelain veneers or if you have any other dental related question, please do not hesitate to contact us.