Over time, teeth can be worn down or damaged. Chips or cracks may form, or discoloration may occur to such a degree that it does not respond to conventional teeth whitening. Sometimes, misalignment or gaps affect the smile, or teeth are not shaped or proportioned well. In many instances, the answer to cosmetic dental problems is to treat the smile with porcelain veneers.
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resins. Composite resins are applied directly to the teeth, and then shaped appropriately. Porcelain veneers are thin hard shells that must be constructed in a lab before being bonded over the teeth.
Composite veneers are typically less expensive than their porcelain counter-parts, but they have a slightly shorter life span. Composite resin restorations last between five and seven years, whereas porcelain veneers typically last well over 15 years.
Unlike bonding procedures used for small problems, most veneers require a tooth reduction prior to placement. This means that the thickness of your teeth must be slightly reduced to provide enough room for the veneer.
To begin fitting you with veneers, the enamel of the teeth may need to be slightly reduced using a buffing method. The teeth are very minimally reduced, usually between 0.5mm and 1.0mm. An impression of the area is taken, which will be sent to a dental laboratory to construct the veneers. You will be fitted with temporary veneers until your final restoration is completed.
Next, your dentist will carefully check the completed veneers for proper color matching and fit.
During the final placement of the veneers, a substance will first be applied to the teeth that will strengthen the bond between the cement and the tooth. Next, the final veneers are carefully bonded to the teeth using a strong adherent. This bond is solidified by treating the area with a laser, or strong light.
CEREC Single Visit Porcelain Veneers
We are proud to have CEREC One-Visit-Dentistry technology available for our porcelain veneers. The procedure is similar to that used with traditional porcelain veneers, with the exception of the digital impression and on-site fabrication of the final restoration. Click here to Learn More about CEREC.
Composite veneers can be applied during a single office visit. After careful discussion of desired results and options for treatment, your dentist will help you choose the correct color for your veneer.
Next, the resin will be directly applied to your teeth and carefully sculpted into the desired shape. The area is then treated to solidify the bond between the tooth and the veneer.
If your smile is not all you want it to be, we can help. Contact our offices in Upland or Fontana for your cosmetic dentistry consultation.