Porcelain Veneers

What About Porcelain Veneers?

If your problem is more than simple discoloration of your teeth, veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. In placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth, and many other issues.

before after Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers before & after photos

Many people desire a brighter, more attractive smile, but have chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or even slightly crooked front teeth. Often, porcelain veneers or laminates can provide these patients with a completely new-looking smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.  Porcelain veneers are among the most conservative of aesthetic dental restorations and offer vitality and beauty that is so life-like that people will never doubt that they are your natural teeth.  At the same time, porcelain veneers are incredibly strong.  When bonded using lasers, they can increase and restore a toothís strength.  The ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains.  Amazingly, all of this can be accomplished in only two visits.

Placing custom veneers

In terms of the process to place veneers, it is a process that takes approximately two to three visits. In the first visit, we will discuss the new shape and look of what we are going to accomplish by placing the veneers. Once we have put a plan in place, we will carefully prepare the teeth for the placement of the new veneers. As we complete this piece of the process, the next step is to take an impression of the newly prepared teeth. This impression will be sent to our laboratory for the final product to be fabricated. We only utilize the highest standard laboratory for the fabrication of all of our work. This process at the laboratory takes between 10-14 days. While the new veneers are being fabricated at the lab, we will provide you with a beautiful temporary solution to wear for this time.

Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail.  Your cosmetic dentist places veneers routinely and designs each case individually to match and enhance characteristics already present in each patient’s teeth. We will be glad to help evaluate your specific situation, listen to the exact changes you have in mind, and help you visualize your end results. This may involve reviewing photos of similar case outcomes or using a computer enhancement program to provide you with several options prior to performing the actual procedure.

Today a great smile is the accepted norm. The shape, color, and quality of your smile can create the perception of youth, health, and confidence. A great smile can positively influence your professional career and even your personal relationships. When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? If not, you can enhance your smile in as little as two appointments.

Some of the most exciting advances in dentistry have been in the field of dental materials.  IPS Empress is a pressed reinforced ceramic which exhibits nearly two times the strength of conventional porcelains helping ensure long-term esthetics and durability.  Testing shows that the wear characteristics of this ceramic are in the range of natural enamel.  With no metal substructure or core material, the light refraction and reflection of IPS Empress more closely mimic that of natural tooth structure.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do for Your Smile?

Porcelain veneers can be used to fix small imperfections or completely transform your smile. Porcelain veneers are used to:

  1. Straighten crooked or misaligned teeth with “instant orthodontics”
  2. Redesign and reshape smiles with a smile makeover
  3. Close gaps between teeth
  4. Seamlessly repair the appearance of chipped and cracked teeth
  5. Whiten and brighten smiles

Porcelain veneers are strong, durable and highly resistant to stains. They do not require extensive preparation or the removal of tooth enamel, nor do they require very much maintenance after they have been applied. Veneers can last for many years with proper care.


Aside from traditional veneers, ask your cosmetic dentist about LUMINEERS®, a brand of no-prep veneers. Lumineers are very thinly shaped porcelain that is bonded to your tooth. The fact that they are very thin allows your dentist to minimize the preparation of the tooth to create beautiful transformations of your teeth  Due to the fact that there is minimal preparation, there is often little to no discomfort in this procedure. The procedure often requires 1-2 visits.

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