Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
Severely discolored or stained teeth.
Teeth that are too small or large.
Unwanted or uneven spaces.
Worn or chipped teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
We offer single visit veneers using CAD/CAM technology and our in office CEREC dental lab. Using a computer connected BluRay intra-oral camera, pictures of your prepared tooth are taken and rendered in 3D software. A restoration is then designed on the computer by Dr. Niebergall and staff, then sent to an in-office 3-axis milling machine where the inlay, onlay, crown, or veneer is milled from a block of high strength porcelain or ceramic material. Custom shading can then be achieved at the chair and then fired in a glazing oven. The final restoration is then cemented or bonded to the tooth while still under anesthesia. All done in one visit, no second appointment, no troublesome temporary crowns and no second shot!
Getting veneers sometimes requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.