Porcelain dental veneers are a time-saving , cosmetic professional technique used to transform your smile. In a few visits to the New Look Dental, porcelain veneers may be applied to one or more teeth to create the appearance of whiter, more flattering smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
These are professionally crafted laminates or shells that are fitted over the front and sides of your natural tooth. Because they are semi-translucent, they create the appearance of an improved, but still-realistic natural tooth. This technique is great when you want to achieve a brighter, whiter color, and if you want to correct any imperfection in the shape of a tooth, and to fill small gaps between teeth. The result: an even, elegant smile of well-shaped, well-spaced teeth.
Dental veneers may also be made from resin composite materials, which is a dental-grade plastic compound. New Look Dental may recommend porcelain veneers, because porcelain resists stains better. Also, porcelain reflects light more like the enamel of your actual tooth, so the effect looks more natural than the resin composite alternative
Why Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers applied by our dentist at New Look Dental offer solutions to many common issues that may be keeping your smile from achieving its full potential. Porcelain veneers may be used to correct:
- Dark or discolored teeth, including coverage of stains which may result from using tetracycline or other common medications
- Worn, cracked or chipped teeth.
- Teeth that are slightly out of alignment (too much space between teeth, or slightly overlapping teeth)
More advantages of porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain veneers are usually compatible with most people’s gum tissue. This makes them a comfortable as well as esthetically pleasing option for creating more attractive teeth.
- Porcelain veneers resist staining, and our dentist will help you preserve your new smile with professional tips and guidance for optimum maintenance (like sipping staining drinks, including red wine and coffee, through a straw, especially when your veneers are new).
- Porcelain veneers are a great investment in your gorgeous smile and your confidence, because they typically last 7 to 15 years.
Four steps to achieve your precise, perfect fit.
Step 1 : During this initial consultation, impressions, photos, and X-rays may be taken in order to create an initial model of the proposed corrections. When you and the doctor are satisfied with the planned look of the new teeth, preparation can begin.
And we’re serious about making your fit precise. During the initial consultation, we even take an extra step to ensure absolute, patient satisfaction: our dentist will create a set of temporary veneers on the day of your visit — you’ll be able to try them on as part of your initial appointment. This allows you to “test drive” your new smile before going forward, and to catch any potential issues before the final procedure takes place.
Step 2 – When your goals are clearly understood, our dentist will prepare the tooth for its porcelain veneer. You may choose to receive this step with local anesthesia. Preparation requires removing the enamel of the tooth surface, which is typically the same thickness as the new veneer will be. Next, an impression is made of your tooth. This mold is sent to the lab, where the veneer is made, a step which usually takes a couple of weeks.
Step 3 – When we receive your porcelain veneer back from the lab, we will place it on your tooth to check for appropriate fit and color. Here’s where our professional expertise is truly invaluable. Micro-adjustments can be made to make sure the shape and fit are perfect for you. Then, each tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched so that the surface of your tooth/teeth will bond securely to the porcelain veneer. Next, a highly specialized dental cement is applied to each porcelain veneer which is then adhered to your teeth. Once in place, your doctor will shine a beam of UV light onto each veneer which causes the dental cement to harden very quickly. Finally, with the porcelain veneers installed, our dentist will remove any excess bonding cement, evaluate your bite, and make final adjustments as required.
Step 4 – You’re good to go – and we generally recommend a follow-up in a couple of weeks to review how your new porcelain veneers and gums are doing. Any needed adjustments may be made at that time.