Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers from Michael A Hunting DDS

By: Michael A Hunting DDS  06/17/2014
Keywords: Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Fixed Bridges

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front of the teeth. They are frequently an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their conservative nature and their versatility. Porcelain veneers may be used to correct gaps between teeth, teeth that are stained, broken, worn, poorly shaped, or crooked. Porcelain veneers placed on your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly and help you achieve a beautiful smile! When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. Well executed porcelain veneers made with modern high strength ceramics are one of the most esthetic and durable restorations available today. Their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other materials. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural translucency of the underlying tooth. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Hunting will ensure that your veneers are crafted by the most skilled technicians from the highest quality ceramics, and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available. The placement of porcelain veneers consists of three phases. • Diagnosis and treatment planning • Preparation • Bonding You will want to take an active role in planning enhancements to your smile. Dr. Hunting will frequently perform a “cosmetic mock-up” procedure directly on your teeth to assist in your visualization of the possibilities for alteration, and also to demonstrate the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile. Photographs of your teeth at a younger age or even of someone else whose teeth you wish yours looked more like can be a valuable tool when planning a redesign of your smile. Although the porcelain veneers are very thin, many cases require a light reduction of the enamel on the front of the teeth to avoid bulkiness in the finished contour. Usually, about one half millimeter to one millimeter is removed from the front of the tooth. This may require some local anesthesia. Following the completion of the shaping or preparation process, a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. In some cases, temporary veneers will be placed at this time. The permanent porcelain veneers should be ready in approximately one to two weeks. When your veneers are ready for bonding, Dr. Hunting will first place the veneer on your teeth 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 cleaned with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between each tooth and veneer and a bright light is used to harden the cement. When you leave the office, the resin cement will have set completely and your veneers will be strongly bonded and you can resume normal brushing and flossing. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by doing so. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your porcelain veneers. If you are a known clincher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Hunting may recommend a soft nightguard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.

Keywords: Porcelain Fixed Bridges, Porcelain Veneers

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