Porcelain veneers explained

Porcelain veneers are essentially thin shells or “facings” of ceramic that are bonded directly onto the front surfaces of the anterior teeth. These are the best choice for patients who want to improve the smile and disguise imperfections. They are extremely popular due to their versatility and simplicity. Custom veneers require dentist to have a higher degree of technical skills along with attention to detail for the best cosmetic outcome. Our practice conveniently places porcelain veneers and we design each one to match and enhance the beautiful characteristic in each patient’s smile.


Do porcelain veneers look natural?

 

When porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of a tooth, they are extremely beautiful. When porcelain veneers are bonded to the front to a tooth, they are extremely beautiful. They are very thin, are virtually undetectable, and are resistant to staining from tea, coffee, and cigarettes. They are strong and natural-looking, made to look like natural tooth enamel.


Are porcelain veneers durable?

 

When patients take proper care of their veneers, they will brighten the face and improve the appearance of the smile for a decade or longer. Dr. Mina Levi and her team will ensure that patient veneers are crafted using the highest-quality ceramics for beautiful results. Patients can prolong the life of their veneers by avoiding using them as “tools” to open packages or avoid chewing on ice cubes and other hard objects. In the event of accidental damage, veneers can be replaced.



What are the steps for placing porcelain veneers?

 

The first step is treatment planning. Just like any other dental procedure, whether it is cosmetic or restorative dentistry, treatment planning is necessary to lay out the goals and find out if porcelain veneers are the most appropriate option for a patient. Dr. Mina Levi examines the smile and assesses the overall health of the teeth to decide if dental veneers are right for a patient and their specific desires. Patient and dentist discuss the advantages and disadvantages of veneers, and x-rays are taken to check the health of the teeth.

The second step is preparation of the teeth. To prepare the smile for the placement of porcelain veneers, Dr. Mina Levi needs to remove a thin portion of enamel from the front of the tooth, often about .5 millimeters. This is the thickness of the veneer that will be placed. This step is essential as it eliminates bulk being added by the veneer following placement. This step may require the application of local or topical anesthetics for comfort. Then, impressions are made to create models for the ceramist at the dental laboratory who will be creating the custom veneers. Patients may have temporary veneers put in place while waiting for a few weeks for the final veneers to be completed.

The third and final step is the cementing of the veneers in place. When the dentist receives the permanent veneers from the dental laboratory, the patient comes back into the office for placement.

The dentist checks the veneer along with the other natural teeth to ensure proper coloration. The size and shape may be checked as well to ensure the veneer blends in with the rest of the teeth. A special cement substance is applied to the back of the veneers and they are applied one at a time. Once properly positioned, a blue light is used to activate the cement and cause it to harden the veneer permanently onto the tooth. Once bonded, any excess cement is removed and the veneers are checked and adjusted so the bite is properly aligned and feels natural. Some patients may come back to the office a few weeks following placement to ensure everything is doing well.


Lumineers

Dental Lumineers are veneers that are digitally designed to be ultra-thin and can be seamlessly applied over your teeth for a flawless, natural looking smile. Dental Lumineers are minimally invasive and do not require as much healthy tooth structure to be removed before application. The minimally invasive Lumineers technique eliminates the need for shots or temporaries.