What are teeth veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Placing custom teeth veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
Will dental veneers look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
This procedure will require three appointments:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
Diagnosis and treatment planning for Teeth Veneers:
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Drs. Campi will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile.
The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the tooth is lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately 1/2 – 1 1/2 of a millimeter of tooth is removed.
Then digital scans or an impression is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. If the teeth are too unsightly, temporary veneers can be placed at this time. The permanent veneers should be ready in approximately one to two weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, Drs. Campi will first place the veneers on your teeth with water or glycerin to check their fit and color. At this point the color of the veneers can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is determined, and the veneers are ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. 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 one to two hours.
Home Care and follow up:
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.
Maintenance of your New Teeth Veneers:
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 home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneers.
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 normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.
If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Drs. Campi may recommend a night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
We are confident that your new dental veneers will fulfill your esthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.