Your smile can be improved using porcelain/ceramic veneers to enhance alignment, color or shape of your teeth. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of your teeth and becomes part of the tooth.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A PORCELAIN VENEER?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored ceramic materials designed to cover (laminate) the front side of teeth. They are made in our laboratory, from a model of your teeth. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Correctly done, a porcelain veneer will restore a tooth to its original strength while giving you a beautiful smile. They are great for correcting gaps, stains, and badly shaped or crooked teeth. Veneers placed on the front of your teeth can correct nature’s mistakes.
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.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS REQUIRED TO GET A PORCELAIN VENEER?
Minor preparation of the teeth will be completed at the initial visit. We will record models and photographs of your teeth. After assessment of the desired color, our laboratory will initiate fabrication of the restorations. Upon completion, an appointment will be scheduled. Once you are completely satisfied, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Dr. Romero and Dr. Brenes will provide an assessment of your teeth to determine if this is the best treatment choice. Veneers are often the most conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size, or shape.
WHAT IS THE FEE FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Total fees for treatment will depend upon the number of teeth involved and the exact nature of your case. A thorough evaluation will be performed at your initial visit after which a precise estimate will be provided.
MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NEW PORCELAIN VENEERS:
The maintenance of your Porcelain Laminate Veneer is relatively simple. A few suggestions, however, are in order:
1. Please brush and floss as you normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems. Once placed, Porcelain Laminate Veneers are typically the kindest restoration to the gum tissues that we currently have in our prosthetic armamentarium. Do not be afraid that you will damage your laminates by either flossing or brushing. Any non-abrasive toothpaste is acceptable. A good home care regimen will insure the esthetic success of your laminate restorations for years to come.
2. Some sensitivity to hot and cold may be experienced after the placement of your veneers. This relates to the amount of enamel left on your tooth after preparation, the proximity of the nerve as well as several other factors. Some sensitivity is absolutely normal and usually dissipates after one-two weeks. If this sensitivity should remain or concern you at all, please call our office.
3. As mentioned before, a normal diet should pose no problem at all. Please avoid anything that will tend to bend or twist the laminates.
4. If you are known to be a bruxer or clencher, please let us know. We will fabricate a nite guard for you to wear to minimize the stresses placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
Approximately two to three week after the placement of your laminates you will be asked to return to the office for a treatment evaluation. This visit is extremely important. It gives us the opportunity to evaluate the placement of the laminates, the tissue response and to answer any questions you might have regarding your new smile.