Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded and sealed onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Porcelain veneers will never stain, so keep that in mind when you are thinking about how many you want to do and the color you choose. Ask Dr. Heit more about the shading of a smile in your complimentary consultation.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. Most teeth that receive veneers need to have healthy tooth structure removed. The bonding of the veneer will seal the tooth when it is finished. Some teeth are so far away from the desired aesthetic zone, that a lot of healthy tooth structure has to be removed (to the point where the nerve is exposed and a root canal is needed). If you have teeth far away from the aesthetic zone and are concerned about needing a root canal, you can consider orthodontic movement (braces) first before you get the veneers. Most teeth need little to no tooth structure removed for veneers. Each tooth is custom prepared carefully to achieve an excellent result. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile. It is important to discuss your particular case with Dr. Heit so you know what the risks and benefits of your cosmetic service is.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
Severely discolored or stained teeth.
Teeth that are too small or large.
Unwanted or uneven spaces.
Worn or chipped teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, sometimes with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure depending on your particular case. We always want you to be comfortable. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding resin is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. The tooth is now sealed.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.