What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are a thin, tooth-colored layer of porcelain that covers one or more of your teeth. They can be used to cover stains and tooth damage and create a more even smile line. They are designed to blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth and can improve and enhance your smile. Durable and resistant to staining, porcelain dental veneers can last up to 15 years or more.
Porcelain veneers can be used to:
- Cover stained and discolored teeth
- Repair teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken
- Even out misaligned, crooked, uneven or irregularly-shaped teeth
- Fill gaps between teeth
What’s the Procedure for Getting Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Veneers usually require a few trips to the dentist. Dr. Vahid will examine your teeth and discuss the result you are trying to achieve. He will discuss what the procedure involves, and may take X-rays, and create a specialized treatment plan to fit your needs.
Dr. Vahid will use a shade guide to determine which color of porcelain most closely matches your other teeth. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, he will numb the area with a local anesthetic if needed, and then remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. Next, we will make a model or impression of your teeth. Impressions are sent to a dental laboratory and custom-crafted by a professional technician. It usually about two weeks for ceramic veneers to return from the lab. During this time, you will have temporary veneers placed on your teeth.
Before veneers are permanently bonded, we will temporarily place them on your teeth to observe fit and color. The veneers will be trimmed as needed to ensure a proper fit. Your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, which roughens the tooth to facilitate a strong bonding process. Veneers are then permanently cemented to your tooth. Any excess cement will be removed, and final adjustments will be made to make sure your bite is comfortable.
A beautiful, healthy smile can boost your self-esteem and overall well-being. To learn more about porcelain veneers, contact AV Dental Associates in Jersey City today! We look forward to serving all of your dental care needs.