Are you hesitant to smile because you have crooked, discolored, or damaged teeth? You can soon be grinning ear to ear if you choose porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material which are permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth. They are custom-made for your mouth, and are custom colored to match the surrounding teeth. Veneers are used to change a tooth’s color, size and/or shape and can create dramatic changes relatively quickly.
- Are chipped or broken
- Are crooked or misaligned
- Have gaps between them
- Are stained due to injury, root canal and tetracycline.
- Have discolored fillings
- Are worn or ground down
What is the procedure like?
Applying porcelain veneers usually requires 3 – 4 dental appointments over the course of about a month.
In the first free consultation appointment, you will meet with Dr. Mary Blakeley or Dr. Elizabeth Trepka to determine the best option and receive a breakdown of the costs involved.
At the second appointment, the teeth are lightly buffed down. This prepares them for the slight additional thickness of the veneer. Often, a local anesthetic is used during this buffing procedure. A mold is then taken of the teeth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory, and used to create the veneers, which typically takes about two weeks. In some cases, temporary veneers will be placed.
In the third appointment, the porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth. First, the doctor will use a non-permanent attachment to check the porcelain veneers fit, shade and color. The color of the veneers can be adjusted based upon the shade of dental cement used. However, the color cannot be altered after the veneers are cemented.
Once the correct color is determined, the veneer is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the veneer and the tooth, and then a special light beam is applied. This light initiates the release of a catalyst, which hardens the cement and permanently affixes the veneers.
Placing veneers is a meticulous and delicate procedure as each veneer must be fitted individually. Once the veneers are applied, there is a one to two week adjustment period, and then a final, follow-up appointment.
Porcelain veneers are a pleasant, quick, and cost-effective way to create a winning smile! Under the guidance of our highly skilled doctors, your new veneers will be virtually indistinguishable from real teeth and just as durable. Contact us today at 303-779-2797 to schedule your free consultation.