Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin wafers of ceramic porcelain that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of front teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving unsightly spaces or chips, covering badly stained or discolored teeth or as an alternative to braces for slightly misaligned or badly shaped teeth. They quickly and easily enhance your smile and have become increasingly popular.

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or other staining. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth. We at Dental Health Concepts will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for years to come.

The Procedure

Your First Appointment:

It is an important prerequisite of veneers for you and your doctor to review and analyze your smile. Even subtle changes of shape and color can provide vivid and dramatic changes in your appearance. Our doctors, in some instances, will provide a wax model of your smile design and have you actively participate in color and shade selection. As well, you may choose to bleach your other teeth before the veneers are placed.

Your Second Appointment:

This is the preparation visit. The teeth are slightly reduced in size to allow for the added thickness of the veneer porcelain. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth enamel is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia. A mold is then taken of the teeth and sent to our lab for fabrication of the actual veneers. Depending on aesthetic and functional concerns, temporary veneers can be placed at this time. The completed veneer should be ready in approximately two to four weeks.

Your Third Appointment:

Your doctor will first place the veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check the smile design, shape, and color. The color of the veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with a bonding agent to achieve final adherence. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a high intensity light is used to harden the cement.

Care and follow up:

Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.

Maintenance of your new Veneers:

Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneer.You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.

If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Your Doctor may recommend a night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.