Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to teeth to enhance your smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct conditions such as...
- gaps between teeth
- misshapen teeth
- crooked teeth
- chipped teeth
- discolored teeth
Before Porcelain Veneers Placed After Porcelain Veneers Placed
How the procedure works
Dr. McGee and his staff will talk with you about what changes you would like to make to your smile before any work is performed. A mock up of your new smile is often used to demonstrate how your teeth can look after veneers are placed.
Once you have decided on the design of your new smile, treatment can begin. The procedure involves 2 or more visits. The first visit involves preparing the teeth to have veneers placed on them. Minimal reductions to the teeth are used to properly shape the teeth so that the teeth will not be too bulky once the veneers are placed, and to help with certain smile corrections.
A mold of the prepared teeth is made a sent to a dental lab for fabrication of your custom veneers. Temporary veneers cover your teeth while your custom veneers are being made at the lab. The temporary veneers are esthetic, life like, and often can reflect the final result once the custom veneers are placed.
Once the lab had fabricated your custom porcelain veneers, you return for a visit to have them placed on your teeth. At this visit, you will have the opportunity to see how your custom veneers look on your teeth. You can evaluate shape, size, color, etc and decide whether you like them, or wish to have changes made. Once you have approved the custom porcelain veneers, Dr. McGee will use a special dental bonding cement to adhere them to your teeth. If you decide that you would like changes to the veneers to be made, they can be sent back to the lab for further customization.
Care For Porcelain Veneers
In order to get the maximum lifespan for your porcelain veneers, certain maintenance protocols should be followed. Although the teeth are covered, the junction between the tooth and the porcelain veneer is susceptible to cavities, and as such you should see Dr. McGee for routine dental cleanings and maintenance. This allows the dentist to check for cavities, and detect them early before damage is done. Additionally, you will want to avoid chewing hard foods such as nuts, ice, and hard breads with your veneers. It is also advised to not bite through foods using front teeth with porcelain veneers. This can put excessive forces on the veneers and increase the chance of the dislodging from the tooth, or fracturing.
Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers
It is important to weigh your options when deciding which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. Here are some of the benefits of custom porcelain veneers...
- maximum ability for customization
- most natural looking
- best resistance to staining
- more conservative of tooth structure than crowns
To find out if porcelain veneers are a good option for you, and to learn more about your options, please call us at 615-298-2385 to schedule a consultation.