If you’re like many of our patients, there are aspects of your smile that you’re interested in changing. Maybe you have a chipped tooth or a few oddly shaped teeth that are making you a little self-conscious. This is where porcelain veneers can help.
At Chester Family Dentistry, our talented staff takes pride in providing our patients with the highest quality porcelain veneer procedures that enhance their smiles and build self confidence.
What is a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers are very thin, custom-designed coverings for your teeth. They act as a strong, protective shell, all while improving your smile. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, and are the same color as your teeth. It’s nearly impossible to notice that they’re not part of your actual tooth.
How can porcelain veneers fix my smile?
Porcelain veneers were specifically designed to fix smiles. They’re more stain-resistant than other types of veneers, and can combat certain flaws such as:
- Teeth that have been worn down
- Teeth that are stained or discolored from trauma
- Teeth that have been broken or chipped
- Teeth that have large or small gaps between them
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped
- Teeth that are uneven or misaligned
Depending on the issues you’re experiencing with your teeth, you could need one veneer or multiple veneers throughout your mouth.
What’s involved in getting porcelain veneers?
Getting porcelain veneers typically takes a few visits to our office. We first have to do a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth, while also making sure to understand what parts of your smile are bothering you. Depending on the severity and condition of your teeth, we may need to take an x-ray or make an impression of your teeth to ensure they’re eligible for porcelain veneers.
Once that step is complete, the surface of your tooth or teeth in question will need to be shaved down in order to properly place the veneer. Depending on your case, a local anesthetic may be used during this part of the process.
Next, a mold or model will be taken of your teeth and sent off to a laboratory where your veneers will be made. It typically takes 2-4 weeks for the veneers to be made, so if necessary, temporary veneers can be placed on your teeth.
Once your veneers have been finished by the laboratory, the final step in the process is to attach them to your teeth. This involves cleaning, polishing, and etching your teeth, as well as making sure your veneers properly align on top of your teeth. The veneers are bonded to your teeth using a special form of cement that is activated and hardened through the use of a special light beam.
With that, you’re ready to go with your new smile! You may be required to come in for a follow-up appointment to ensure your veneers performing up to standards.
If your smile is making you self-conscious, or you've noticed some minor imperfections that you’d like to have fixed, call us today or send us a message on our website to learn more about what porcelain veneers can do for you.