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Porcelain Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the teeth to correct imperfections in shape, color, size, and position of teeth. Porcelain veneers require approximately .5mm of tooth reduction. Porcelain veneers are not a reversible form of treatment.

Porcelain veneers are also called dental veneers and dental porcelain laminates.

Why Use Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain is an extremely durable material with a color, translucence and texture that is similar to tooth enamel. Porcelain is not susceptible to decay and resists staining while maintaining a natural appearance. Veneers can effectively close gaps between teeth, lengthen and reshape teeth, repair chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth, and cover stains and discolorations.

What to Expect

Your dentist will give you a consultation to determine if you Porcelain veneers are best for you. During the consultation, you and your dentist will discuss the types of changes you want. Your dentist will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations. Your dentist will also explain the kind of anesthesia and the costs. After an examination of your teeth and gums, the dentist will take photos and give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.

Porcelain veneers usually require at least two appointments to be completed. The length of time of each appointment will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how many veneers you are having done. The procedure is done in your dentist’s office with a local anesthetic and is relatively pain-free.

After the initial consultation, your teeth will be roughened and shaped to remove part of the outer tooth enamel. (After your teeth are roughened and shaped, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the placement of your Porcelain Laminate Veneer.)

After shaping, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. The impressions will be used to create custom veneers that fit your mouth precisely. The dentist may suggest applying temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your customized veneers are completed.

At your next appointment, your dentist will test your veneers to make sure that they fit properly and that they are the correct size and color. Before your veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth with a composite resin cement, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned.

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