Overview of a Porcelain veneer

 

If you are uncomfortable with your smile because of defects in your teeth, then laminate veneers could be the answer to your dilemma. A porcelain veneer is a thin all-porcelain shell encompassing the facial and incisal surfaces of the tooth.  The veneers never stain or discolor; they are elegant and translucent allowing them be as natural as possible as a real tooth and the cosmetic results are instant gratification.  Veneers could be used as a two-visit alternative to a year or more orthodontic treatment- Instant Makeover. Veneering your teeth is very conservative approach in drastically altering your smile with more tooth preservation than a conventional crown usually, requiring only mm reduction of your tooth, and common procedure used in cosmetic dentistry  

 Indications of Porcelain Veneers

 

  • Extensive facial decay
  • Correction of misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Poorly shaped or formed teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Stained or dark teeth
  • Smile makeover

Please visit our before and after gallery for more cosmetic restorations and pictures

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Before Veneers

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Pictures are taken from different angles

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The other side

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Diagnostic Wax Up

 

At the first visit dentist will do an exam and evaluate if you are good candidate for veneers. The pictures of your smile will be taken from different angles and doctor will discuss with you all the changes you would like to see in your smile. The impression of you teeth will be taken and sent to the lab, along with the pictures and doctors precise instructions for the cosmetic diagnostic wax-up.

A wax-up is a great way for a patient to see what his/her smile is going to look like after veneer makeover.  The lab technician makes models of the impressions, and shaves the teeth down approximating the actual preparation in the mouth.  A tooth colored wax is then used to build up the teeth to the patients specifications and smile line. The new proposed smile is send back to the doctor, and the doctor will present it to you.

A wax-up may not be necessary in all cases, but it is recommended for full mouth, or full arch restoration.

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Cosmetic Waxup

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Waxup

Will these new teeth look good in my mouth?

 

Using the wax-up as a template, it is now possible to create a stent using the new models and transfer this new look to the patient in the form of temporaries.  All the necessary adjustments and alterations are made on the temporaries if necessary, and pictures are sent to the lab to indicate the changes.  This technique also gives a patient to try out the new look before the final product is fabricated: sort of like a test drive.

 

What is the procedure?

 

This work is easily accomplished with local anesthetic.  If a wax-up is not done, an impression is made before any teeth are cut so that temporary crowns can be fabricated, or the doctor may choose to craft the temporaries out of composite material. After the patient is numb, the teeth are prepared, a final impression is then made and sent to the lab with accompanying instructions and patient pictures. Temporary veneers are then cemented and the first part is now complete.

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Picture of temporary restorations

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Right side of patient's smile with temporary

Final visit

 

 After dental lab completes fabrication of porcelain veneers, your are scheduled back in the office. Doctor will remove temporary and new porcelain veneers will be put in for final evaluation. Fit and cosmetic appearance will be checked and after you approval you new laminates will cemented in with special resin cements. You are ready to enjoy your new smile.

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10 Porcelain Veneers are placed on the top