A porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin layer of ceramic material, which is placed over a tooth surface to create a new smile. This procedure requires a little anesthesia, and can be an ideal choice for teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or simply not cosmetically pleasing to the patient. For many patients, teeth may have been chipped, became discolored, or slightly cracked. For the majority of these patients, porcelain veneers can prove to be a perfect solution.
When placing porcelain veneers, we pay close attention to the patient’s surrounding teeth and the design of each veneer to complement the overall smile. Generally, only 0.3-0.7mm needs to be removed from the surface of your tooth. The veneer is then made and bonded to the tooth. The result is a beautiful and attractive new smile.
The procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. Once we have shaped the tooth, we will take an impression. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where your new restoration will be made. Meanwhile, a temporary veneer is made out of plastic and place on the tooth. They are used to protect your tooth while the real veneer is being fabricated. At the second appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed and the porcelain veneer is bonded to your tooth. Although they are thin, porcelain veneers are much stronger than composite “bonding” veneers, so the risk of fracture compared to composite veneers is much less.
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