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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin, but durable , tooth shaped porcelain forms that are custom made (for shape and color) our exclusive, private in-office dental laboratory  They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. However, they cannot be used for all patients and must be used very cautiously in patients that have excessive wear of front teeth from bite or night grinding (nocturnal bruxism).

Patients frequently inquire about Lumineers for front teeth. Lumineers are an excellent porcelain veneer material sold by a company that manufactures and markets ceramic material. There are many excellent dental ceramic materials choices available to our laboratory for veneer porcelain. We select the material that will best meet the need of the patient.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not considered permanent and may need replacement due to fracture or chipping at the biting edge.  They are very durable and can last many years, offering you a beautiful, long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Mis-shapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or too large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be selected with your help which best matches your skin tones and adjacent teeth.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

Telephone 727-531-9363 to learn if porcelain veneers are a possibility for your smile improvement.

Pam Williamson, our in-office ceramist, is an outstanding smile enhancement artist.