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Veneers are thin shells intended to cover the front side of teeth to hide stains, chips, decay, or irregularities. A dental technician uses a model created by a dentist to make a custom shell out of special materials. Because veneers require removing some enamel, they are usually permanent. Your dentist will typically recommend avoiding food and drink that will stain your veneers. Veneers can chip or crack, but overall the results are worthwhile and many people are thrilled with their new smile.

Veneers are an alternative to more expensive crowns. Porcelain veneers require multiple visits, but they last longer and provide a more stable color than bonding.

Reasons for Veneers

● Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
● Crooked teeth.
● Misshapen teeth.
● Severely discolored or stained teeth.
● Teeth that are too small or large.
● Unwanted or uneven spaces.

What Does the Veneers Procedure Involve?

We will discuss in detail the desired esthetic outcome. We will take multiple photographs, measurements of teeth and diagnostic impressions of your teeth. We will request a “wax up” from an esthetic lab that will show us what the final veneers can look like.

We will get a wax up from the lab and “try in” what the veneers can look like in your mouth. If we need to make changes to the wax up, a second try in appointment may be needed. Once we are satisfied with the wax up, we then move on to the actual treatment.
This visit will require some local anesthetic. The teeth are prepared (drilled minimally) and impressed. The final desired shade (color) will be confirmed. You will walk out with temporary veneers while the case is sent to an esthetic lab.

The temporary veneers will be removed. The permanent veneers will be tried in. If the fit, shade or shape of the final veneers are not satisfactory to the doctor or to the patient, the case can be sent back to the lab for modification. If everything is satisfactory, the teeth and the inside surfaces of the veneers will be cleansed and treated with different solutions to achieve a durable bond. Then the veneers will be cemented and a special light will be used to harden the bond.

Please remember to maintain proper oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and regular dental check up visits to aid in the life of your new beautiful smile. A nightguard may also be recommended to extend the life span of the veneers.

If you have questions about Veneers or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today at (916) 736-2801!


Veneers FAQ

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserves the most amount of tooth structure as very little needs to be removed. They can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers. The colour can be custom selected to match the other teeth and in these type of restorations are extremely stain resistant.

How long do dental veneers last?

Correctly designed and accurately placed porcelain veneers by an experienced cosmetic dentist can last over 10-15 years. They do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist.

How strong are veneers? Are there restrictions on what I can eat?

Porcelain veneers are very strong. Nevertheless, porcelain is a glass and can crack if very strong forces are applied. It is advised to avoid chewing ice, hard nuts, candy apples, popcorn. The natural teeth are often damaged by these same foods while porcelain veneers are very resilient, they aren’t indestructible.

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