Dental veneers are needed when patients want aesthetic perfection for their teeth. They change the shape, shade and texture of teeth in a few appointments. They correct chips, gaps and additional problems. Patients who don’t want orthodontic work, can straighten their teeth with veneers.

If you are considering DENTAL VENEERS, your dentist will probably offer you two choices: resin or ceramic/porcelain.

What's the difference?

Resin veneers are done in the office in one appointment. Their disadvantage is they can chip, break, and stain easier than porcelain. They are sometimes called bondings.While it is true that ceramic veneers are more expensive than resin veneers, ceramic requires less aftercare, which makes up for the price difference in the long run.

Ceramic veneers are thin porcelain facings that are cemented to the front of teeth. The dentist will shave down a thin layer o the tooth in order for the porcelain to have room and look natural. Some patients may be good candidates to do "no prep" or minimal prep veneers such as "LUMINEERS".

A advantage of ceramic veneers is that they reflect light similarly to natural teeth, so their look is much more natural, which is important on the front side of the teeth. Veneers can be left alone for at least 10 years (sometimes 15) after being bonded to your teeth.

The whole process of ceramic veneers can be completed in two to three dental visits. First, is the planning phase; this is when your dentist examines your teeth and explains the procedure.

If your teeth are not in perfect condition, they may need cleaning, bleaching, gum treatment and/or cavity repair before the ceramic veneers process can begin. It is important to get the natural teeth to a desirable shade because the veneers will not change color once cemented. The dentist will take casts of your teeth and often do a wax-up to the “ideal shape your teeth should be. This will be used as a guide to create and fabricate the veneers.

Next, comes the preparation phase, in which your dentist may remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Another mold will be taken, as well as the shade. Temporary veneers are created in the office, while you wait for the permanent.

A mold of your teeth is then sent to a dental lab, which creates the ceramic veneers. You will return to the dentist's office where the ceramic veneers are must be glued (dentists call this "bonding") to your teeth so that there is never any shifting or movement.

Once they are cemented, the dentist will provide you with a night guard to protect them. Patients who grind their teeth are more prone to breaking and fracturing veneers.

When done properly, ceramic veneers are almost indistinguishable from your actual teeth. As great as ceramic veneers are, equally important is your dentist.

That's why should always talk to a dentist who specializes in veneers. A specialist can show you before and after photos and detailed information about your particular needs. Always ask your dentist if he or she has a lot of experience working with ceramic veneers.

Ceramic veneers can help you regain the healthy, beautiful smile that you once had, with little or no discomfort. Growing old doesn't mean you have to have unattractive teeth. This small investment can do great wonders for your self-confidence and self-esteem. Don't put it off another day. Call our office at (818) 508–7272.