Ceramic veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile! They can often be conservative alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
Although veneers are very durable, they not permanent and will eventually need replacement. When done correctly and maintained properly, porcelain veneers can be expected to last 10 years or more, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, beautiful smile.
Severely discolored or stained teeth: sometimes tooth whitening gels, even in professional take-home trays, can only lighten teeth just so much. If further brightening of the smile is needed, porcelain veneers are the next step
Teeth that are too small or large.
Unwanted or uneven spaces.
Worn or chipped teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
The process of fabricating porcelain veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process:
• The teeth are prepared to allow for the thickness of the veneer so the veneer does not create an unnatural, "bulky" look. An accurate impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. Depending on the particular type of veneer case, you may then be fitted with "temporary veneers" to protect your teeth while the final veneers are being fabricated by the laboratory
• On the second visit, the temporaries are removed and the teeth are cleaned. The veneers are tried in to verify the accuracy of fit, proper shade and shaping. If everything meets Dr. Gerard's exacting standards, the veneers are then bonded permanently in place.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers. Often, Dr. Gerard will recommend a custom occlusal guard be fabricated to protect your investment from the wear and tear of nighttime tooth grinding, called bruxism.