Cosmetic Treatments: Dental Veneers
Dental Veneers are ultra-thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. Dental Veneers are wonderful for fixing teeth that are sinificantly discolored, chipped, pitted, malformed, crooked or if you have unwanted spaces. In certain situations, a change in upper lip fullness and balance can be obtained by placing porcelain laminate veneers on your front teeth.
Unlike crowns or caps, porcelain laminate dental veneers don’t require the removal of much tooth structure and are therefore much more conservative. Veneers are usually created in a dental laboratory from an impression taken in a dental office. Durint the first visit, the color is matched using a shade guide and the teeth are “prepared/filed down” a bit. The prepared teeth are then fitted with temporaries while the porcelain veneers are being created at the lab. Once the restorations are approved by the patient and Dr. Miller, the veneers are cemented directly onto the teeth and polished to a natural, aesthetic smile. Veneers are stronger and have a longer life than bonding, but the process requires more time. Treatment may take two office visits to complete and with proper oral hygiene the results will typically last from years to decades.