Porcelain veneers are a great way to cosmetically remake and enhance your smile. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for your teeth for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or crooked teeth, fix spaces between teeth as well as provide a solution for discolored teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments.
Porcelain is the perfect material to mimic natural tooth enamel as it has the same natural translucency. This allows the veneers to absorb and reflect light the way your natural teeth do. They are also more stain resistant than your natural enamel, so you can expect to keep the beautiful color you’ve chosen for their duration, with good oral hygiene
DID YOU KNOW… that dental veneers are a conservative way of completely making over your smile? In fact, veneers are a go-to cosmetic procedure that has become popular with celebrities who want a brighter and more symmetrical smile. Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and Ben Affleck are just some of Hollywood’s elite who have seen a cosmetic dentist for laminates. Fortunately, affordability and accessibility make it easy for anyone to get dental veneers – including patients.
The treatment is usually done in 2-3 appointments. Before your treatment is started, you will meet with your dentist to discuss the issues that are a concern to you and the kind of smile you have in mind. We will also select a shade for your teeth, if needed we may bleach your teeth prior to your treatment so you can select a brighter shade for your veneers. Before dental veneers can be placed on the teeth, the surface of the teeth must be prepared for bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist will buff off a little from the front of your teeth. You will then bite into a mold that will be sent to the master ceramist to form your veneers in a dental lab. When the veneers are ready, you will be asked to return to have checked for shape and color and then fitted and bonded.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL VENEERS OR LAMINATES?
Dental veneers may be right for you if you are looking for an alternative to crowns and caps. Veneers can help you if you have gaps between your teeth or teeth that are broken, chipped, irregularly shaped or misaligned. To find out more about whether dental veneers are right for you, contact a cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I GET MY DENTAL VENEERS?
Before dental veneers can be placed on the teeth, the surface of the teeth must be prepared for bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist will buff away approximately half a millimeter from the surface of the teeth. You’ll then bite into a mold that will be used to form your veneers in a dental lab. When the veneers are ready, you’ll be asked to return to have them fitted, bonded and adjusted for shape and color.
WILL I NEED TO FOLLOW ANY POST-TREATMENT CARE INSTRUCTIONS?
There is no special care required for dental veneers, and normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately. Because veneers are usually placed over the course of two appointments, it is normal to experience some sensitivity between the first and second visit when the teeth have been reduced in preparation for bonding.