An overlay of porcelain, or veneer, is a beautiful way to correct misalignment of teeth or an unaesthetic tooth shape or color in a gentle, conservative way. Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are routinely used to fix:
Chipped or broken teeth
Teeth that are uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped
Gaps between teeth
At Ultimate Smile Design, we use porcelain veneers as they are stain resistant and closely resemble natural teeth. Once in place, they require little care and can provide patients with several years of positive results. There is no need for teeth whitening treatments or whitening toothpaste. Porcelain veneers will not become stained or discolored, regardless of foods, beverages, or medications.
Veneer application is typically a multi-step process. First, patients meet with us for a consultation. This is where you are given the opportunity to explain the result you are trying to achieve. We will examine your teeth to make sure veneers are appropriate for your teeth, as well as your needs. We may also take x-rays and make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
In preparation for veneers, we will apply a local anesthetic and remove some of the enamel from the tooth surface. Next, we will make an impression of your tooth, which is then sent out to a laboratory where your veneers are constructed.
Once we receive your veneers, you will return for a fitting. Your dentist will temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color. The color, size, and shape of the veneer can be altered, if necessary. To prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth is cleaned, polished and etched, allowing for a strong bond. Next, cement is applied to the veneer and it is placed over the tooth. Once in position, your dentist will apply a light to the veneer, causing the cement to harden and bond to the tooth.
Ultimate Smile Design has been providing patients with beautiful porcelain veneers for years. If you are looking to completely transform your smile, contact us for an appointment today.