One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services at Dr. Lance Porter’s practice is the placement of porcelain veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that Dr. Porter bonds to the front of imperfect teeth to improve their size, shape and color. The porcelain used to create the veneers is extremely strong and very lifelike, so veneers last a long time and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
What Can Veneers Accomplish?
Veneers are extremely versatile restorations that can improve the teeth in multiple ways. Commonly, they are used to transform teeth that:
- Are stained or discolored
- Have minor chips or cracks
- Have uneven edges
- Are abnormally shaped or sized (i.e., too short or narrow)
- Have small spaces in between them
Depending on your needs and goals, Dr. Porter can place a set of veneers over all of the teeth that show when you smile. But you don’t have to veneer all of your teeth. You might opt to have a single irregular or imperfect tooth veneered to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Veneers Placement Process
The process to get veneers usually involves multiple steps.
First, you meet with Dr. Porter to discuss your specific concerns and goals, and he can explain how veneers will improve your teeth. You may have some X-rays or tooth impressions taken to plan out your veneers. Dr. Porter helps you select the color of your veneers to match your natural teeth for a flawless result.
The next step is to prepare your teeth for the veneers. Dr. Porter carefully removes a small bit of tooth structure to create room for the veneers. Impressions are taken to send to the dental laboratory that will construct your veneers. Temporary veneers are placed over the prepared teeth to protect them while you wait for your permanent restorations.
Once your permanent veneers are ready, the temporaries are removed during another office visit. Dr. Porter bonds the permanent veneers to your teeth and makes any necessary last-minute adjustments.
How to Ensure Best Results
With the proper care and maintenance, your veneers can last a very long time. Veneered teeth can be brushed and flossed just as you would your natural teeth. You should see Dr. Porter at least every six months to check the integrity of your restorations and have them professionally cleaned by our hygienists.
While veneers are strong, they are not impenetrable. They can crack due to habits like nail-biting, bruxism or chewing on pens or other hard objects. If you know that you clench or grind your teeth, you should be fitted for a special mouthguard to protect your teeth.
The process of placing veneers is not reversible. Once your teeth have been prepared for veneers, they will always need to be covered by some sort of restoration (if not a crown then a veneer).
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
The experience and skill of your dentist is important to achieving great results. Dr. Porter is one of the area’s leading cosmetic dentists and has been placing veneers for many years. For more information about veneers, please call or email our practice today.