Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.  They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process if just a couple teeth are involved.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and Dr. Coates that best matches the adjacent teeth.

In cases involving the majority of teeth in your smile Dr. Coates takes molds and pictures of the teeth before any treatment is begun. Dr. Coates may also have you seen by the laboratory technician that will be working on your case before we begin. A "blueprint" of the expected outcome is made on the models from the molds in wax. This blueprint is then reviewed with you so that we are all on the same page.

This blueprint will be used to fabricate temporary veneers that will be bonded to the teeth until the final porcelain veneers are completed. During the first week wearing the temporary veneers you can come in to see Dr. Coates to make changes in the length and shape of the temporaries until you are happy with your appearance. That information is then recorded with pictures and molds and given to theh laboratory to match for the final veneers.

On the second, or final visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers. Dr. Coates always recommends a "nightguard" be worn at night while you sleep to help protect the dental work from clenching/grinding forces that can happen while you sleep.