At Aberdeen Dental Arts, we provide the state-of-the-art services you need in all stages of oral health by utilizing modern technology to minimize your chair time while maximizing results. Since the introduction of porcelain veneers over 30 years ago, the techniques and materials have consistently evolved and improved and make porcelain veneers one of the most aesthetic and predictable dental restorations available today.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length. These veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
The Records Appointment:
We’ll take photos of your teeth and smile for diagnosis and treatment planning. We discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations in achieving the aesthetic changes you would like to see. Finally, we take preliminary impressions for models of your teeth.
The Preparation Appointment:
We prepare the teeth by removing of a thin layer of enamel from the edge and front of the teeth – about ½ millimeter, an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Next, a second model is made of your teeth to construct your veneer, usually taking about 1-2 weeks to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. Provisional veneers, which will cover the teeth while the permanent veneers are being fabricated at a dental laboratory, can be placed for no additional cost.
The Delivery Appointment:
To prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched – roughening the tooth to allow for a strong bond. The veneer will be trimmed for proper fit, and shade-adjusting cement will be used to apply the veneer to your tooth. Afterward, your new smile will be complete. A follow-up visit may be requested to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer’s placement.