Each of our veneers are handmade by our master ceramist to precise specifications.
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded to your teeth for many different reasons. Veneers are routinely used to enhance your smile but many times are also used to protect the teeth from wear (grinding) and to re-establish a proper bite. Teeth that are prepared for veneers have very little healthy tooth structure removed and sometimes require no preparation at all.
Veneers can improve teeth that are stained from external sources such as food, drinks, and tobacco-use, as well as teeth that are stained from certain medications. Veneers can sometimes be used in place of orthodontics to improve the appearance of malformed or misaligned teeth. Imperfections such as chips, gaps, and old fillings can all be hidden with porcelain veneers.
Each veneer is handmade by our master ceramist to precise specifications. We like each patient to have input in designing their smile.
Often patients want to have the appearance of their teeth changed, but don’t want anyone to know they have had dental work done. Communication between the patient, dentist and ceramist is critical to ensuring every patient gets the look they want.
Everyone has a different opinion of the perfect smile. We make sure we know what yours is.
A dental crown covers the entire tooth surface, 360 degrees and is typically used to structurally reinforce the strength of a tooth. A veneer just covers the front tooth surface and is used to change the shape and color. Both can be utilized to change how a bite functions and improve the appearance of a smile.
You brush and floss your veneers just like your natural teeth. In the office, we are careful to use non-abrasive polishing paste when you visit the hygienist, so we don’t remove any surface characteristics or glaze.
Veneers typically last 15 to 20 years varying based on your home care and if you grind your teeth. We have seen veneers in great shape that have been in 25 years with proper care.
The process always starts with a consultation, photos and a facial analysis. It is something we believe should always be done with a lot of input from you, the patient. We have found that everyone has a different perspective of what the perfect smile looks like and we want to make sure you get exactly what you want. The photos will be evaluated with you, and the new smile developed by drawing in the new tooth position while you watch, changing based on your preferences. Once the smile is developed digitally, it will be transferred to your models in wax by our dental technician and then to your mouth via a matrix. You will now have the opportunity to see everything in your smile and give us feedback for any changes with your final porcelain result. We like to photograph the wax-up (provisional veneers) in your smile, evaluate in your face, get your feedback and discuss any final changes. Once the final veneers are fabricated, we try in and let you evaluate, before bonding in.