What is a Porcelain Veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a thin, custom-made shell designed to cover the front surface of your tooth to improve its appearance. The porcelain closely resembles a person’s natural tooth enamel and structure and is designed to look like the original – or even better. They also help resist wear and staining over time.
Veneers can be a great option in a number of situations including instances where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours, or for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, or when the position of a tooth is compromised and minor bite-related problems exist.
The process of making and applying a veneer generally requires two visits. First, we take the time to listen to what your expectations are, then work with you to determine the color, length and design that is best for you and your smile. The tooth is then shaved down, an impression is taken of your teeth and then sent to an off-site laboratory to make the veneer. While your permanent veneer is being made, we make and apply a temporary veneer with a composite material. Once the permanent veneer has been made, we’ll remove the temporary veneer and place the permanent veneer on the prepared tooth.
Note: Although veneers are most often done in all porcelain, we can also design direct composite veneers in the office in one day.
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