Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth, transforming your smile. With this technique relatively little of the natural tooth substance is lost. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size or shape comparing to crowns.
Dental veneers can be used for aesthetic problems like:
- Chipped Teeth
- Discolored Teeth
- Crooked Teeth
- Misshapen Teeth
- Poorly Spaced Teeth
- Cracked Teeth
- Worn Teeth
- Broken Teeth
Patients may need up to three appointments for the entire procedure for porcelain veneers:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning: during your first visit to the Ritz Dental Clinic, we will discuss your diagnosis and a treatment plan that is right for you. It's critical that you take an active role in the smile design.
- Preparation: In your second appointment a small amount of your natural tooth is removed to accommodate the thickness of the dental veneers. An impression is then taken of your teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly and sensitive, a temporary veneer can be placed.
- Bonding: During the final appointment when your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist tries each veneer on the teeth to check their fit, shape and color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. Finally the porcelain veneers are cemented for a natural look and comfortable feel.
Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist makes the composite veneers by carefully bonding the composite material onto your teeth.