What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are custom made and bonded to the front surface of the front teeth. Veneers can be used to help correct misaligned teeth, eliminate gaps between teeth and help cover stain that cannot be corrected by whitening alone.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Because every smile is unique, planning is the most important step when considering veneers. Diagnostic models are the first step in smile design because this allows us to evaluate the teeth from a different perspective. The models can be used to communicate with the patient and with the lab to ensure the results are ideal. The lab will create a “wax-up”—they will alter the original models to allow us to see the end results before we begin treatment. If temporaries are required, they can be fabricated based on the “wax-up” to allow you to test the look and feel of your new teeth. The final porcelain veneers will be fabricated by the lab, returned to our office and then permanently bonded in place.
What are “No-Prep” Veneers?
You may have heard about “prepless veneers,” which do not require any alteration of tooth structure. This can be done in very specific cases, but for the most natural looking restorations, most cases require some amount of tooth alteration. Careful planning allows us to be as conservative as possible, while providing superior esthetics.