Porcelain veneers are among the most useful tools in cosmetic dentistry. Not only can they be placed to correct a variety of aesthetic flaws in the smile, but they also improve the smile’s appearance in a relatively short timeframe. Porcelain veneers are customized for the patient’s unique specifications, enhancing the lifelike appearance of this treatment option.
Uses Of Porcelain Veneers
Among the most popular cosmetic dentistry interventions, porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that your dentist may bond on top of your natural teeth to hide various flaws such as chips, cracks or stains in your teeth. If you have a tooth that is noticeably smaller than its neighbors, the dentist can place a porcelain veneer to bring the undersized tooth into the proper proportion. Porcelain veneers also can help to create the appearance of correct alignment to slightly crooked teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Treatment Process
The process of getting porcelain veneers usually takes place over a series of two or more appointments spaced a few weeks apart. At the initial consultation, your dentist will gather the information needed to plan for your veneers. This may involve a visual examination, as well as taking photos, x-rays or dental impressions.
Sometimes, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the teeth to make room for the veneers. If this is necessary in your case, this step may also be completed at the first appointment, and patients can wear temporary veneers until the permanent devices are ready. Your treatment goals are our primary concern, so don’t hesitate to be upfront with your provider in terms of your wishes.
The information gathered at the consultation is then forwarded to the dental lab where their experienced technicians will create your custom-designed veneers. You return to the office to have them placed on your teeth. Additional changes can be made to the shade and shape of the veneers before they are bonded to the teeth, so feel free to request adjustments as you see fit. Keep in mind that the veneers cannot be altered after they are bonded to your teeth.
Porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your smile’s appearance, so if you are dissatisfied with the way your smile looks, consider this treatment option. Call our office today and speak to one of our friendly staff members to schedule your consultation.