Get a Better Smile: Porcelain Veneers

Ever look in the mirror and shutter at the thought of smiling? You are not alone. Cosmetic dentists meet people everyday who feel that way about their smile. But there is hope. These dentists will tell you, the most popular way to improve your smile is through the use of porcelain veneers.  

What are Porcelain Veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, translucent shells of porcelain. These shells are bonded to your existing teeth. The result: a confident, radiant smile. 

Here is a set of porcelan veneers for your to review. To see more pictures like these, we invite you to our porcelain veneers before and after photo gallery.


How do I get Porcelain Veneers?

After setting up an appointment with local cosmetic dentist, this dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your smile. Many times, your cosmetic dentist will ask you about your general dental history, take x-rays, perform a bite analysis, study models of your teeth, and take pictures of your teeth and face. This is done make sure you don't need any immediate attention to your smile, should you have gum disease, infection or tooth decay. Another reason your dentist goes through this process, is to better understand your needs and wants. After all, they want you to be happy with their new smile.

This comprehensive exam gives them an idea if you are a suitable candidate. There are times,  as you will hear in the video below, that a set of porcelain veneers can be avoided. Sometimes, teeth whitening can do the job. The only way to determine that is through this important exam. 


 What Happens After the Porcelain Veneers Exam?

Once you are assessed as suitable for the porcelain veneers, it is time to prepare your teeth. The dentist uses a delicate tool to remove any unwanted curves or edges on your teeth. This process is typically done without the need for an anesthetic. Now, its time to make an impression of your current smile. To do this, the cosmetic dentist duplicates you teeth by making a mold. They use that mold to send to the laboratory making your set of porcelain veneers. The actual set typically takes about two weeks to return.

In the meantime, your cosmetic dentist will provide you with a temporary set to wear over your teeth for now. These are called temporary veneers. These temporary veneers are pretty flexible. They can be adjusted for shape and color. 

What Happens When my Porcelain Veneers are Ready?

When the final set of porcelain veneers are ready to be placed, your cosmetic dentist will call you in for an appointment. The purpose of this appointment is to ensure the new porcelain veneers fit and look right. If you like what you see, your cosmetic dentist will begin to place the porcelain veneers on permanently.

First, your cosmetic dentist will treat the teeth with something called a bonding adhesive. This is the "glue" that secures the wafer-thin shell to your natural teeth. Dentists have long used these adhesives and they are very strong. The adhesive can't be seen by the natural eye. Following the placement of a bond adhesive, your dentist will place a blue light over the teeth to secure the bond porcelain veneers in place. The porcelain veneers are polished and you are shown a mirror to check out the new smile. 

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