“How Can I Improve My Smile?”
If you’ve ever seen someone with teeth that appear to be enviably perfect and white without appearing unnatural, there’s a possibility that they’ve received porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment developed to correct multiple minor, aesthetic problems. Patients experiencing cosmetic concerns that are not severe enough for orthodontic treatment, such as chipped, misshapen, or misaligned teeth, may benefit from porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that is applied to a patient’s teeth to correct multiple cosmetic concerns. They are shaped and colored to match the patient’s natural teeth while creating a beautiful smile. Veneers are typically made from porcelain, though resin composite materials can be used. Porcelain is typically the material of choice for its stain-resistant quality and translucent appearance that mimics natural enamel.
Aesthetic concerns commonly addressed using porcelain veneers are minor in nature. The benefit of porcelain veneers is that they offer the opportunity to correct multiple concerns at once without lengthy orthodontic treatment. In most cases, porcelain veneers are a more cost-effective solution than using multiple other approaches. The concerns that can be addressed with this cosmetic treatment include:
During the initial consultation at our dental office, we will go over your goals for your smile restorations. We will also take photographs to track progress. This procedure typically takes multiple visits to complete, the exact number of visits can depend on the complexity of the case, and the number of teeth being treated. It all starts with a consultation visit to determine the state of your oral health and if porcelain veneers will be an appropriate solution for your concerns. Once this is determined and you’re cleared to get veneers, you’ll have two additional office visits.
The second visit will be when most of the hard work happens. Your dentist will reshape the surface of your teeth, removing a layer of enamel to make room for the porcelain veneers. An impression will be taken of your newly modified teeth so it can be sent to a dental lab to complete your final veneers. It will typically be 2-4 weeks until they’re completed, so your dentist will put temporary veneers in place in the meantime.
During this visit, you’ll have the finished veneers bonded to your teeth. Your dentist will ensure that the color is correct and that they fit your teeth properly. Some trimming may occur to ensure they fit comfortably, and they’ll adjust the shade until they match your natural teeth. After polishing and etching the surface of the tooth to ensure a good seal, they will be bonded to your teeth.
Make sure to maintain your veneers to keep them healthy and long-lasting:
Our environment at Dunwin Dental is warm and welcoming to make coming to your appointment feel like dropping in to see old friends.
We offer a range of treatment options from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry while focusing on a positive patient experience.
You are in control of your oral care journey. Here, we empower you to make informed decisions about your dental care.