Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With porcelain veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped, or crooked. A porcelain veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly and help you achieve a beautiful smile!
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. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Buzza will ensure that your porcelain veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
This procedure will require three appointments:
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Dr. Buzza 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 teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one-half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia.
Then a digital scan is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. In some cases, temporary veneers will be placed at this time. The permanent veneers should be ready in approximately three weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Buzza will first place the porcelain veneer on your
teeth with water or glycerin to check the fit and color. At this point, the color of the porcelain veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color
is determined and the porcelain veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleaned with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the porcelain veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit to our dental office after one to two weeks.
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your porcelain veneers by doing so. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your porcelain veneers.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your porcelain veneers. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate in one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call the dental office.
If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Buzza may recommend a soft night-guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
We hope that your new porcelain veneers 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.