What Is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a porcelain shell that fits over a damaged, discolored, misshaped, and/or misaligned tooth to enhance its aesthetics, form, and function.
Each veneer is specially crafted out of a strong, lifelike ceramic to fit the shape of one specific tooth, and then it is bonded to the tooth to ensure a long-term cosmetic improvement.
What Are Veneers For?
Our team at Integrated Dental uses them to augment teeth that are misaligned, uneven, cracked, chipped, worn, and/or stained. Veneers resist discoloration incredibly well, and they also increase the chewing power and endurance to the point that the augmented tooth resembles a natural one.
We also use veneers for cosmetics, to assist patients who want to improve the appearance of their smiles. People with spaces and/or stains have a lot to gain from dental veneer treatment. However, veneers are irremovable once they're placed, so make sure you understand the process before you commit to this form of treatment.
If you schedule a consultation, your specialist at Integrated Dental will ask you questions to determine whether this is the best treatment option for you, and determine if another one such as crowns, inlays, onlays, or cosmetic bonding would work better.
What is the Procedure for a Veneer Treatment?
In most cases, a veneer treatment will take two to three visits to our office. The first step involves taking digital scans and photographs so we can complete a virtual smile makeover to ensure the doctor understands your aesthetic treatment goals and knows the desired shape and shade of your smile makeover.
In some instances, for those patients who need to see firsthand what their smile could look like, we can perform an intraoral mockup where we mimic what the final veneers would look like before any irreversible treatment is rendered.
Once the patient is ready to proceed, the next visit involves conservative preparation of the enamel to make room for the veneer after which a digital mold is made and sent to the lab. You will leave this visit with a temporary veneer(s) which serve as a prototype for the final veneer(s) to evaluate the aesthetics and function of the new teeth. We ask that you "test drive" this smile and if any changes are desired we will make them before the final veneers are manufactured to ensure your final smile makeover is exactly how you want it.
Once your veneer(s) been custom manufactured in the laboratory, we will remove the temporary veneer(s) and bond the veneer(s) to your teeth and polish them, taking great care to clean any extra cement. We will have you return in 2 weeks for a follow-up appointment to examine your veneer(s) to make sure your results have the proper level of comfort and function.
The last step is to make a final mold which will be used to manufacture a night guard which you will be required to wear to protect the investment you just made in your smile.
The Smile Makeover Process
Patients considering a cosmetic smile makeover
at Integrated Dental will first undergo a diagnostic cosmetic case work-up. This involves digital intraoral impressions and a series of diagnostic digital pictures that will be used to digitally assess and design the cosmetic enhancements that would best achieve each individual's personal aesthetic goals. Often we can complete a mockup of your proposed new smile for you to preview results before moving forward.
Should you chose to proceed with the smile makeover, the next visit will involve preparing your teeth for the veneers and making a digital impression. Digital impressions are more accurate and avoid the need for ill-tasting, slimy impression material. You will leave our office with a set of temporary veneers for you to “test-drive” your new smile. After a few days with your new temporary smile, you will let us know if any further tweaking is desired. Once you are happy with your temporary veneers, our doctors will work with our cosmetic lab to manufacture a consistent, gorgeous smile.
The last visit will involve trying in your veneers and once the doctors have confirmed they fit correctly and you approve the aesthetics and shade, the veneers will be bonded into place. You will leave with the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of - smile confidently, eat comfortably, live life to the fullest knowing you look your best!
Proper Oral Hygiene with Veneers
Porcelain veneers can last for up to two decades if they are properly cared for with proper dental hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day, eat a balanced diet, and come in for dental exams and cleanings twice a year. While veneers are very stain-resistant, you should still limit the foods and beverages you consume that can cause stains, like coffee and red wine.
If you have veneers, you can brush and floss them the same way you do your normal teeth. Special non-abrasive toothpastes are available for veneers, and we recommend using them. Veneers won't last forever and will eventually need replacing, but we can take care of that should the need arise.
For more information, please contact our office at (631) 659-5599 or fill out the Appointment Request Form below and a member of our team will be in contact with you to get started!