Smiling with confidence is a feeling everyone deserves. Unfortunately, many people have something they would like to change about their teeth. Sometimes people don’t seek treatment because they don’t understand their options, or they let dental anxieties hold them back. If you need cosmetic changes to your teeth, I may have a solution.
For minor issues with the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers can be a great option. Let’s discuss what porcelain veneers are, how to find out if veneers are an option for you, and the process needed to transform your smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are created from thin pieces of porcelain. The laboratory fabricates it to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. Veneers are a minimally invasive way to cover cosmetic imperfections. Porcelain veneers can help with teeth that are chipped, worn, unusually shaped, slightly crooked, stained, or gapped.
The consultation visit allows us to determine if veneers are a good option for you. We’ll examine your teeth, review x-rays, and, if necessary, make impressions of your teeth. We’ll listen as you tell us about the results you desire to achieve. And, we’ll answer the questions you have. We’ll move forward with a treatment plan if veneers are the best choice for you.
Porcelain Veneer Process
Preparation — Only a small amount of enamel is removed to prepare teeth for placement of veneers. Then, impressions of your teeth and selected tooth shade are sent to the laboratory for processing. It may take two to four weeks for completion.
Delivery — First, we check the appearance, shading, and fit of the veneers. Then, we’ll make any necessary adjustments. The tooth surface is cleaned, polished, and etched before placement of the veneer. After applying cement to the veneer, it’s placed in position, and a special light hardens the cement. Final adjustments are made, and you enjoy your new smile.
We may need to see you in two weeks to check the position of the veneers and the condition of your gums. Porcelain veneers can last seven to 15 years with good oral hygiene practices. Do you want to know if veneers are right for you? Contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Sonny Afshar