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What are Veneers?

Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells made of highly cosmetic porcelain that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth to give you a bright, white, even and attractive smile. The pinnacle of cosmetic dentistry, veneers make it possible to correct virtually all color and shape problems. Veneers can:
  • Reduce or eliminate spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
  • Repair broken or chipped teeth
  • Whiten dark teeth, yellow teeth, permanently stained teeth or otherwise discolored teeth
  • Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Close small holes or pits in teeth
  • Improve the appearance of teeth that are too small, too big, or uneven
The main advantages of porcelain veneers are that they are extremely natural looking and are resistant to future staining. In fact, porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory by talented artists to look exactly like the patient’s surrounding teeth. Some situations allow veneers to be placed with no tooth reduction (no-prep veneers), and others will require some modification to the teeth prior to placement of the permanent veneers. No-prep veneers are typically done for patients seeking to increase the size of their teeth or to close spaces. Patients looking to avoid increasing the bulk of the teeth while correcting other issues will require some tooth modification in order to prevent having teeth that are too thick following the addition of porcelain to the teeth.

What are The steps Of porcelain veneer placement?

At your first appointment, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth so he or she can create a Wax-Up. The Wax-Up is a three dimensional rendering of the desired final outcome involved, so that both patient and doctor have a very clear shared vision of the goal. Here’s how it works: from the impression, a solid model of your teeth is made, and wax is added and sculpted to the model to match the patient’s requested final appearance. The Wax-Up is used both as a guide to look at and discuss, and also in the next step.

During your second appointment, the natural teeth that will be receiving veneers are shaved if needed to compensate for the added thickness of the veneers, so afterwards your teeth are the desired size. A final impression is taken of the modified teeth for the laboratory artists to make the veneers. As it usually takes 2 weeks for the lab to complete their work, the patient must be fitted with temporary veneers if any tooth modification has occurred. Enter, the Wax-Up. A mold of the agreed-upon Wax-Up is taken, and that mold is used to create the temporary veneers. Therefore the patient leaves the office with teeth that look ideal. Typically a follow-up appointment is desirable to discuss the appearance of the temporary veneers, which are essentially used as a try-in, because the patient can now provide accurate feedback regarding how they like the look of the temporaries on their teeth. Any changes including shape, shade, appearance, etc. are communicated to the lab, so that the permanent veneers reflect these changes. This technique delivers a perfect and predictable result, along with a very happy patient.

How many teeth should be treated when doing veneers?

Each smile is different, and your dentist can improve your smile with as few as a single veneer or as many as you can see when you give a big smile. It all depends upon the result you would like to achieve.

Why choose veneers over crowns?

Veneers offer several advantages over crowns; veneers are more durable, often do not require much (if any) removal of the natural tooth material, and will not stain or change color-and they tend to cost less.

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