What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that cover teeth to close gaps and eliminate imperfections. If you have stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth and want a completely custom solution to rejuvinate your smile, porcelain veneers may be right for you.
Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Absolutely! Veneers are made of fine dental porcelain that reflects light like natural tooth enamel, so they look and feel completely natural. In fact, porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable – no one will know you have them, but they will notice your stunning smile! Their resemblance to natural teeth is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers can brighten your smile for well over a decade. They’re highly resistant to stains from food, beverages, and tobacco, so your smile will stay beautiful. Dr. Francis will talk with you about your options for veneers. They come in many qualities and styles, including minimal or no preparation varieties that work well in some cases.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Porcelain veneers require three visits to design, create, and place. Here’s what you can expect:
Diagnosis and treatment planning: Dr. Francis will examine and analyze your smile, face and bite. He’ll go over the details of the procedure and help you plan your new look. After which our experienced dental technicians will create a prototype of your new smile, which you will be able to see and discuss before any work is done on your teeth. Thus we eliminate any kind of unpredictable results and take in consideration every requirements you may have, and meeting your highest expectation.
Preparation : At this appointment Dr. Francis will prepare your teeth for receiving the new ceramic veneers. Depending on the indication and the type of veneers this may require the removal of a small amount of your tooth structures or an old restorative materials if present, normally around half a millimeter in thickness. In this appointment we also create your temporary veneers from the new prototype of your new smile. Thus we can evaluate the prototype in your mouth and test your phonetics bite and the way your smile looks. After your approval of all the elements of your new smile We’ll take an impression of it and send it to our trusted lab where a skilled ceramist will make your Ceramic veneers by hand under magnification of a microscope. Your completed restorations will be ready in approximately two to three weeks.
Bonding : At this appointment, we will remove the temporaries, then place the porcelain veneers on your teeth with water or glycerin to check their fit and color. Once the Veneers meets your approval, he will clean your tooth to ensure a tight bond with the veneer. He’ll use bonding cement and a special light to permanently affix your veneers and revitalize your smile.
Follow-Up Care and Maintenance You’ll return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks. In this visit we evaluate your oral hygiene and also a fine-tuning of your bite if needed.
Also if you grind or clench your teeth during your sleep we will make you a special invisible splint that will protect your veneers and relaxes your facial muscles during your sleep, to insure a longevity and comfort of your smile.
What are porcelain veneers?