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Porcelain Veneers

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Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surface of your teeth. They are an extremely durable material that can last you for up to a decade with the proper care. Based on your personal needs, we can adjust to make veneers thinner or thicker to support your bite. They can be made thin enough so that they will take on the color of your existing teeth, making the color of the veneers appear more natural and beautiful.

Will they look like normal teeth?

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.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.

Smiles by Burgess will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available. In fact, if you keep you oral hygiene appointments according to your hygienist we will guarantee your veneers for you.

The Procedure

This procedure will require three appointments:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Preparation
  • Bonding

Diagnosis and treatment planning:

You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design.Dr. Burgess will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile.

Preparation:

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 mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. If the teeth are too unsightly a temporary veneer can be placed at this time. The veneer should be ready in approximately one to two weeks.

Bonding:

At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Burgess will first place the veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check their fit and color. At this point the color of the veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is determined, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.

Care and follow up:

Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.

Maintenance of your new Veneers:

Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneer.

You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.

If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. We 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 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.

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