What Are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution to several cosmetic concerns. These ultra-thin surfaces are made to replicate the outermost layer of a tooth or teeth to alter the appearance and improve functional value.
What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Veneers are used for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Because a veneer covers the entire front surface of a tooth or teeth, this adhered fixture can correct multiple problems at once.
Some of the corrections made with porcelain veneers include:
- Wide spaces between teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth (too wide, too short)
- Turning of a tooth or teeth
- Minor Misalignment
- Chips and other minor damage
- Rough tooth surfaces, jagged tooth edges
- Internal staining related to tetracycline use
- Stubborn external staining
Candidates for Veneers
Veneer treatment is an excellent solution for any adult who wishes to improve the appearance of their smile for an extended period of time. Veneers involve minor modifications to enamel, so the ideal candidate for treatment is a person who can commit to lifelong maintenance, including veneer replacement if necessary.
Veneer candidates also have good oral health; no cavities or gum disease. If needed, restorative treatment can be provided before the veneer process begins.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Getting porcelain veneers is a simple process that we walk through together. Initially, we conduct a thorough consultation and examination. This visit enables us to understand exactly why veneers are desired and what the patient wishes to achieve. The more detail we can pull from our consultation, the better. Patients are encouraged to discuss everything from the shade they would like their smile to be to the specific problems they wish to correct and the ideal image they have of their smile, right down to the shape of their teeth.
After confirming good oral health through a comprehensive dental exam, the veneer process can begin. The first step in treatment involves minor tooth modification in which enamel is subtly reduced. This shouldn’t hurt but patients may be given a local anesthetic injection to reduce the sensation of the dental drill. It is necessary to remove enamel so the bonded veneers can lie flush with the gums.
When all teeth have been properly prepared with reduction, we take an impression of the mouth. The mold made from impressions displays teeth as they are. Along with the model of existing dentition, the dentist sends specifications for each veneer, including size, shape, and color.
Veneers are made in a dental lab using meticulous shaping and polishing techniques that allow the final product to look just like natural teeth. Final veneers are placed onto teeth for one last observation and, if needed, slight changes can be made in the office. When the patient has observed and approved of their new smile, veneers are bonded to teeth. The bonding process involves “painting” teeth with a mild chemical that roughens enamel. The bonding material is then applied, then the veneer. The bond is finalized by shining light on each tooth to harden the underlying resin.
Veneers Before & After
What Our Patients Say
“The staff is very friendly and wonderful to work with. Dr. Slepchik is super friendly and great to work with. Really like that they have a payment plan for any cosmetic work and they generally care about helping you with your teeth.” – Nicole G.
Caring for Dental Veneers
Dental veneers function just like natural teeth. They need to be brushed and flossed daily to prevent debris accumulation around the edges, where the porcelain meets natural enamel. Veneers can be scratched, so should not be brushed with abrasive toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste for daily use. Take time to floss every day to ensure decay does not develop at the margins of veneers in between teeth.
Veneers are very strong but the bond between teeth and fixtures is not made to hold up to biting and twisting. Therefore, when you have veneers, you should never open packages with your teeth. Periodic dental checkups and cleanings are also vital to veneers. Tell your dentist or hygienist that you have veneers so proper care can be taken to check structural integrity and to handle veneers properly during professional cleanings.