Absolute perfection: Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that get bonded directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They instantly improve your smile because they correct unsightly gaps between your teeth, and teeth that are stained, misshaped or crooked.

Will they look like normal teeth?

Yes. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, and even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.

In terms of durability, with proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Workman will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

The Procedure

This procedure will require three appointments:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment planning
  2. Preparation
  3. Bonding

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

We want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Dr. Workman will review with you what you can expect and help you plan your new smile!

Preparation

The second appointment will take 2–3 hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia. Then a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. If the teeth are too unsightly, a temporary veneer can be placed at this time. The veneer should be ready in approximately 1–2 weeks.

Bonding

At your third appointment, Dr. Workman will first place the veneers temporarily on your teeth to check their 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 prepped for bonding. Special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneers, and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately 1–2 hours.

Care and Follow Up

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks
Before/After Set 1
Maintenance: 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 homecare regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneer. You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call the office. If you are a known clencher, please be sure to let us know. Dr. Workman may recommend a soft nightguard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep. We're confident that you'll be smiling more with your new veneers! And with proper home-care and scheduled visits, they are sure to keep you smiling for years to come.

Contact Dr. Workman today!

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