We can significantly change the look of your teeth with the placement of dental veneers. Whether porcelain that is designed in a dental lab, or ceramic that is made right here in our office using our CEREC milling station, we can customize veneers to give you the look that you want. We at, The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, pride ourselves in serving our patients, meeting their needs, and helping them make the right choice for their situation. Dr. Clay Keith or Dr. Paul Denson will evaluate your needs and help you design a treatment plan that will give you the look that you want.
Why dental veneers?
Often thought of as a cosmetic enhancement, veneers are more than just a beauty treatment, from covering chips and fractures, to giving your teeth the even look that they can only otherwise get from years of braces, we help our patients feel more comfortable in their teeth. Our patients ask about dental veneers to:
• Cover up gaps between their teeth.
• Help give front teeth a straighter appearance.
• Help give teeth a more even appearance, making teeth appear either longer or shorter.
• Cover up teeth that have been severely stained from fluorosis, medication, or unusual wear.
• Cover up teeth that have been chipped or broken.
What are Dental veneers?
Dental veneers are a very thin shell of porcelain or ceramic that we bond to a single, multiple or all of the face of your front teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers do not encase the tooth, but are on the front of the tooth. Veneers are strong and durable, allowing patients to eat and drink as they normally would, and no one will ever have to know.
Your veneer is customized to fit your mouth, accomplishing the look that you want. Your veneers can be wider, shorter, longer, or thinner. We can alter the color to match your current tooth color, or a brighter look to match newly whitened teeth. Veneers are customized to you.
Placing Dental Veneers
For patients who are seeking porcelain veneers, the placement will require at least two office visits. For patients who are seeking an instant look, we can mill your ceramic veneer right here in our office.
Once we have your customized veneer ready, we begin the process of placement by first thoroughly cleansing your tooth and making any necessary reduction in the natural tooth size. All teeth need to have the enamel reduced by at least ½ a millimeter in order to have the necessary space for your veneer to rest. We will also reshape your original tooth to ensure that it hides well behind your veneer. Once the natural tooth is reduced in size, we will then etch the face of the tooth. This step is needed to provide a roughened surface to allow for better bonding. The bonding agent, is applied along with the veneer, which we then cure using a specialized blue light. Your dentist, either Dr. Clay Keith or Dr. Paul Denson, will check the look and bite of the veneer, and make any adjustments as needed. Your finished tooth is cleansed and polished for a beautiful finish.
It’s important to note, that your dental veneer is not a permanent restoration, but it is very durable, and should last you several years with normal wear and tear.