Dental Veneers

What Are Dental Veneers?

One of the most popular dental treatments in cosmetic dentistry is traditional porcelain dental veneers. They are thin shells of porcelain custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory, and bonded by a cosmetic dentist to the front of your teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Traditional porcelain dental veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. Veneers can often be alternatives to crowns, and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions to give you straight white teeth very quickly.

As with most dental restorations, traditional porcelain dental veneers are not permanent, and all veneers may someday need replacement. Veneers are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain dental veneers:

Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.

Crooked teeth.

Misaligned or misshapen teeth.

Severely discolored or stained teeth.

Teeth that are too small or large.

Unwanted or uneven spaces.

Worn or chipped tooth or teeth.

Revitalize old crown and bridgework.

What does getting porcelain dental veneers involve?

Getting traditional porcelain dental veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the dental veneers. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the cosmetic 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 dental veneer, and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions from your cosmetic dentist for traditional porcelain dental veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new traditional porcelain dental veneers.

In summary, dental veneers can often be the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions to give you straight white teeth very quickly.

Tooth Shapes

If you are having porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns on your front teeth, whether it be 2, 4, 6 or more, your cosmetic dentist and you will choose a design together from the LVI Smile Catalog below (a library of distinct smile styles by the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies founder Bill Dickerson, DDS).