What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, sometimes called tooth veneers, can be used to correct both color and shape problems and make for a great smile makeover. Veneers, porcelain or plastic, are placed over the front teeth to change color and shape of the teeth.
Often an alternative to crowns, porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won’t require the dentist to remove much of the tooth itself in most cas
Who is a Candidate for Dental Porcelain Veneers?
It is very common for people to have imperfect teeth, either oddly shaped teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, teeth with small holes in them, or an inappropriate sized tooth or teeth that have an odd appearance. Veneers solve such irregularities and create a durable and pleasing smile.
What is the process?
We sit with you and discuss what your goals are with your smile? There are a few questions you need to answer to allow porcelain veneers to create the perfect smile for you.
Next we look at the shape of the Canines. Do you like more square, square oval, oval or pointed? Then on to the Lateral Incisors and then the Central Incisors (front teeth). What is your preferred shape? Then we look at over all size and the size of each of the teeth in comparison to the others surrounding it. Here we need to take into account the size and shape of your face and lips. Once the over all shape and size have been determined it is time to decide on the shade. We all want white teeth. Dr. Krauss will assist you in finding the perfect shade to enhance your complexion. These photos will help you get started.
After we go through the smile guide and have answered all the questions a mold is taken of your teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. You will be given temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, let us know of any adjustments or changes you would like made, such as in shape or size. The Veneers are then created from an impression taken in our office. We place the veneers with glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. The color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth, so be sure to let us know if there are any adjustments you would like to make. The tooth is then cleansed with chemicals to achieve a durable bond. Once the glue is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.
How long will my veneers last?
Typically costing less than crowns, veneers won’t stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
Why should I visit Dr. Krauss?
Dr. Kenneth Krauss has established a reputation for providing patients with permanent, beautiful smiles. He utilizes the most advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques to give patients beautiful teeth that look and feel natural. Dr. Krauss believes that good training and experience together with courteous treatment are the cornerstones of a great dental practice.
Staying at the forefront of his field has always been a high priority for Dr. Krauss. He frequently attends continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest advancements in cosmetic dentistry. When you visit our office, you can be assured that you will leave with a healthier, more attractive smile.
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