Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for patients seeking a new cosmetic look to their anterior (or front) teeth. Veneers can help create a vibrant and uniform smile for teeth that might be discolored, chipped, fractured, or worn down.
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain custom-made to fit onto your existing tooth structure to help create a bright and natural smile.
Not unlike crowns, veneers usually take two different appointments over the course of two weeks to be cemented into place. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth surface to prepare them for the veneer placement. An impression is then taken of those prepared teeth and sent to a lab for final production, and you return two weeks later for the final cementation. You may be in temporaries depending on the amount of tooth surface removed.
Custom shading and custom wax up can be used for patients who would like to have a more predictable outcome of both shape and color for the final product.
Why do we use porcelain?
Porcelain has properties that allow it to closely mimic the look and durability of our natural teeth. It is also heavily stain-resistant, allowing the color you choose to remain that color for years to come without the “yellowing effect” of natural teeth.
Should I whiten before my veneers?
It is generally a good idea to undergo some form of teeth whitening prior to the start of veneer preparation so that the veneers will not contrast with other teeth in the mouth that may not be as naturally white. Porcelain itself tends to be stain resistant as well as whitening resistant, so the veneers themselves will not lighten with normal whitening protocol.