A porcelain veneer or laminate is a thin shell/facing that fits over a natural tooth structure. These restorations are a possible solution to help at patient achieve the look they desire. This shell acts as a cosmetic fix for damaged, discolored, misshapen or misaligned tooth to enhance its aesthetics or function.
During your examination with one of the general dentists at our practice, you will become an active participant in the smile design process. By sharing your preferences with the doctor for the shape, length, width and color of the veneer(s) and the change in the appearance of your smile that you want them to create, you help ensure that your treatment will meet your expectations. It is important that your dentist understands your objectives during your veneer consultation.
Because veneers are thin, they are not always a good choice for people who grind or clench their teeth, but depending on severity of the condition, an oral appliance called a night guard can be fabricated for an additional fee to help protect the restorations in your mouth from wear. We advise patients to be aware of chewing on fingernails, pens/pencils and ice. Aftercare is extremely important.
It is possible, just like crowns or bridges, for veneers to come loose over time. Often times, a simple recementing can be done in the office. Other times, a new veneer may need to be made.
Before getting veneers or laminates, the natural teeth must be free of any decay and the gums must be healthy. These conditions can be treated before proceeding. It is important to keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing daily and keeping up with your routine preventative care at the dentists office.