Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain Veneers

Following a thorough dental exam, the cosmetic dentist and patient discuss the patient’s expectations. What kind of smile does he or she want? They may consult a smile “style” catalog that portrays the many smile options available. The dentist may also guide you on how many veneers you will need for a natural looking smile. Smile wide in front of a mirror and count the number of teeth you see. Generally, that’s how many teeth you will want veneered for a natural result.

The dentist will then take an impression of the patient’s teeth. That impression will be sent to a lab with the dentist’s precise instructions of what’s to be done. The lab creates a “wax up” – a wax model of how the enhanced smile or repaired teeth will look. The patient and dentist review the wax up and either make changes or give the lab approval to proceed. From the wax up, the lab creates the patient’s new “teeth” of porcelain.

Once the wax up is approved, the dentist will prepare the patient’s teeth, take a new impression, and fit him or her with temporaries (temporary version of the “new smile”.) When the porcelain veneers come in, it’s time for the final seating. The temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth.

Am I A Candidate?

Porcelain Veneers

If you answer yes to any of the following statements, you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers:

  • I dislike the appearance of my smile.
  • My teeth are crooked.
  • My teeth are uneven.
  • My teeth are chipped or broken.
  • I have missing teeth.
  • I have unsightly gaps between my teeth.
  • I’m embarrassed to smile.
  • My smile is keeping me from fulfilling my personal and professional life.
  • My teeth are stained and discolored.