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.
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. 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. In more complex cases Dr. Coates will need to take photographs, study models, and send you to the dental laboratory for consultation and a diagnositc wax model of the projected final outcome that you can evaluate and make changes to before the work is ever started. In these high level cases you will wear temporary veneers that match the projected new shape and then changes can be made to the temporaries over the next week or two until you are happy with the appearance of your teeth. This information is then recorded given to the lab through pictures and new models so they can match your wishes.
On the final visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding composite 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 recommends wearing "nightguard" to protect your dental work when you are sleeping and may grind/clench your teeth.