Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are laid onto the teeth and bonded to the tooth’s surface. Although they can be constructed from different materials, porcelain is most often used because of its durability and highly-realistic appearance. Dental veneers are a more conservative alternative to crowns since they require less removal of the tooth’s original surface. With dental veneers in place, patients can expect straighter, whiter, and more even teeth – all producing a beautiful, natural looking smile that will turn heads.
Dental veneers are used to cover up a variety of cosmetic flaws in your smile, including but not limited to:
If you are unhappy with the state of your smile due to the cosmetic flaws in your teeth, consider porcelain veneers as your choice of treatment. These veneers can be crafted to match the color of your teeth while also superficially masking flaws, creating a seamless smile.
Let’s take a look at how the dental veneer process works:
1. The first step is always a consultation with Dr. Stearns. Schedule an appointment to meet with him and discuss your smile goals. During this consultation, you’ll discuss your treatment.
2. The next step is to prepare your teeth to receive the veneer. This may require a minor reduction in enamel, by gently scraping away at the surface. This reduction ensures that the veneer will fit correctly and feel comfortable.
3. After your veneer has been created, the next step is to apply it to the tooth. Using a special cement, the veneer is attached to the front of the tooth and Dr. Stearns will check that it matches the rest of your smile seamlessly.