Porcelain Dental Veneers

In the realm of esthetic dentistry, one of today’s hot topics is Porcelain Veneers (Porcelain Laminates). Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire smile.

A porcelain veneer is an extremely esthetic restoration fabricated in the dental laboratory. In basic terms it is a thin porcelain shell that bonds to the front of the tooth wrapping over the incisal edge.

Porcelain veneers are considered the restoration of choice when the tooth is discolored, stained, mottled, or has a congenitally unnatural size or shape. Typically when a veneer is considered, the underlying tooth has minimal restorations present.

The process takes approximately two to three visits. At the first visit we will discuss the new shape and look of your teeth and how we will accomplish this by fabricating veneers. Utilizing photographs and a diagnostic wax up, in many cases, we can actually simulate in your mouth how your new veneers will appear. Through the use of composite resin we can fabricate or “mock up” temporary veneers to give you a preview of your new smile.

Once we have put this plan in place, we carefully prepare (modify) the teeth for the new veneers. The next step is to take a mold of the newly prepared teeth, followed by selecting a shade for our new restorations. The porcelain veneers are custom fabricated at our dental laboratory by skilled dental technicians. While your new veneers are being created at our lab we will provide you with a beautiful temporary solution to wear during this process.

The veneers when placed can alter the shade, shape, size and contour of otherwise unsightly teeth, creating a brighter, vibrant and naturally esthetic smile.