If the entire front of the tooth needs to either be repaired or cosmetically improved, one of the options is a porcelain veneer. A veneer, by definition, is an overlay with a thin layer of a fine or decorative material. We can change the color, shape, length, alignment and spacing of your teeth with porcelain veneers.
Veneers typically require two appointments; the first visit is needed to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of tooth structure from the front surface of the teeth and then a digital 3-D model can be made with iTero, a digital scanner (no “goop” type impressions). The amount of tooth structure that needs to be removed depends upon several factors such as the alignment, length, shape, spacing and any discolorations in your natural teeth. You will have beautiful temporaries placed on your teeth for three weeks while our own ceramist creates your veneers. The next visit is a quick check of your temporaries, final shade and shape decision and photos for the lab. At the final visit the veneers are tried in, cemented and adjusted.
We can achieve a natural look with porcelain veneers because they are thin and there is no metal to try to hide. If, and when, your gums recede in the future, you will not have a dark gray line as was common with the way porcelain crowns used to be made. We did our job well if no one notices our treatment.
View our Veneers Gallery to see the type of results we can achieve with porcelain veneers.