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Porcelain veneers allow us the ability to completely transform your smile into one that you can be proud of for years. Advanced technology in the field of cosmetic dentistry has allowed us the ability to fix teeth with veneers and to give patients white, straight, and natural looking teeth without the use of braces or surgery.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves wafer thin shells of tooth colored material designed to be placed over the surface of the teeth, typically the ones that show when you smile. Each custom made shell is bonded to the front of the teeth, which completely changes their appearance, color, shape, size, or length.
Porcelain veneers are designed to resist stains better than other types of veneers and appear more natural because they mimic the way light naturally reflects off of the surface of the teeth. Veneers usually last between seven to ten years before they need to be replaced.
The placement of porcelain veneers usually requires three visits to the doctor. The first is a cosmetic dentistry consultation appointment in which the doctor will examine the teeth and discuss the results that you hope to achieve. The doctor will discuss the procedure with you as well as the results that you can reasonably expect when you choose to fix teeth with veneers.
The second appointment is to prepare your teeth for the veneers. Your doctor will remove about 0.5 millimeters of enamel from the surfaces of the teeth, which is approximately the thickness of the veneers. After the enamel is removed, the doctor will take an impression of the teeth. The impression is used to create your porcelain veneers.