Veneers

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 veneers as an alternative, 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 imperfections to help you achieve a beautiful smile!

Will they look like normal teeth?

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for a long time.

Dr. McCormick will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains, and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

The Procedure

This procedure usually requires three appointments:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Preparation
  • Bonding

Diagnosis and treatment planning:

You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Dr. McCormick will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you envision your new restorations.

Preparation:

The second appointment will normally take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are slightly reduced to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one millimeter of tooth structure is removed. A provisional restoration may be used to cover the prepared tooth.

An impression of the tooth or teeth is taken, and sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication. The veneer should be ready in approximately two to three weeks.

Bonding:

At the time of your third appointment, Dr. McCormick will first place the veneer on your tooth with water or glycerin to check the fit and color. At this point, the color of the veneer 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 to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours depending on how many veneers are placed.

Maintenance of your new Veneers:

Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneer.

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for a long time.

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

We hope that your new veneers fulfill your esthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for many years to come.