Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment with beautiful, far-reaching effects. These ultrathin porcelain shells attach directly to your teeth to conceal cracks, chips, discoloration, and other aesthetic flaws. When Dr. Kyle F. Long designs your porcelain veneers at his Denver, CO, office, he will use meticulous techniques to make sure the veneers match the shape and color of your teeth for a natural appearance. Before placing veneers, Dr. Long will prepare your teeth using conservative techniques that result in minimal discomfort.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?
Porcelain veneers can be used to treat one tooth or several as part of a comprehensive smile makeover. Patients are typically concerned with:
- Chips and cracks
- Misshapen and gapped teeth
- Unusually small or worn teeth
- Stains, especially internal stains
- Minor misalignment that does not affect the balance of your bite
As a candidate for veneers, you should have healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease or decay may affect your candidacy. However, patients can usually receive veneers after appropriate care. Additionally, you should not have suffered significant enamel erosion, as this may limit your ability to undergo the preparatory process.
If your teeth are seriously misaligned, a treatment such as ClearCorrect may be more appropriate.
Dr. Long strives to provide the most realistic restorations possible. To that end, he will work meticulously when designing your veneers. During your consultation, he will consider your cosmetic goals, and he will take photos of your smile. Come prepared to participate in this process with specific ideas of what you would like your smile to look like. We can show you pictures so you will have an idea of what your treatment can accomplish.
Dr. Long may need to prep your teeth. If you receive traditional veneers, he will remove a very thin layer of enamel, which will make room for the porcelain to achieve a natural appearance. Alternatively, he may suggest minimal-prep veneers. Made from much thinner material, these restorations will require less alteration of your teeth. In some cases, Dr. Long may not need to remove any enamel whatsoever. After any initial treatment, your dentist will create three-dimensional models of your veneers. These mock-ups will provide a preview of the final results. You can also request changes to your treatment plan, if desired. Many patients choose to have their teeth whitened before their veneers are crafted for even more dramatic final results.
Fabrication and Placement
Dr. Long will send the models to our dental lab. The technicians can create your veneers from pressed porcelain for incredible strength and durability. Alternatively, they may fabricate your restorations entirely by hand. The right type for you will largely depend on your budget and goals for treatment. In either case, the lab will custom shade the material to ensure that it blends in with your smile.
Once the veneers are in place, the effects can be truly transformative.
When the veneers are finished, Dr. Long will double-check to make sure that they match your smile and meet your expectations. If you are happy with the results, he will carefully secure them to your teeth. Once the veneers are in place, the effects can be truly transformative. Your smile will look bigger, brighter, and more symmetrical.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about veneers and begin our personalized treatment process, contact Dr. Long’s office today. His customized care can help your smile look great and help you experience a new level of confidence.