What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With this beautiful technique, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly, to help you achieve a beautiful smile!

Porcelain veneers can help you achieve a beautiful smile!

Will porcelain look like normal teeth?

When bonded to the teeth, the thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are so thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.

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How durable are porcelain veneers?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Burke will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

This procedure will require at least three appointments:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Preparation
  • Bonding

Diagnosis and treatment planning:

Dr. Burke will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile.   We will take digital photos and make molds of your teeth to aid in the smile design.  This information, along with a detailed prescription, will then be sent to the laboratory where a wax up of how your teeth will look after the procedure will be created.  This step is very important because it allows you to view what your teeth will look like before any tooth preparation has begun.

Preparation:

The second appointment will vary in length, depending on how many veneers are being prepared. If multiple teeth are involved, then sedation can be used to allow for a more comfortable appointment. The teeth are prepared by lightly shaving enough of the tooth to allow for the thickness of the porcelain. Very little of your tooth is actually removed, but this step is important so it blends seamlessly. No one will be able to tell where your natural tooth ends and the porcelain veneer begins.

Next, a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. Dr. Burke will then fabricate temporary veneers for you to wear.  If you are happy with the way the temporaries look and feel, the veneers should be ready in approximately four to six weeks.

Bonding:

At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Burke will first place the veneers on your teeth with water to check their fit and color. At this point the color of the veneers can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is determined, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a curing light is used to harden it.

Maintenance for your new porcelain veneers:

Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers with your daily dental routine. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended and a good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneers.

You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneers. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.

If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Burke will recommend a night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.

With proper home care and scheduled visits, veneers are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come. In fact, we guarantee that you will love it. To learn more, visit our beautiful smile guarantee page.