At Now Care Dental, our experienced dentists can improve the look of your smile with cosmetic porcelain veneers. What are porcelain veneers? They’re thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth—and are an ideal choice for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
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 the color, texture and appearance of your natural teeth.
We will evaluate your specific situation and determine which porcelain veneer works best for you—either a porcelain inlay or a porcelain onlay. Porcelain inlays are appropriate for smaller areas within the tooth's cusp; porcelain onlays can correct larger areas of decay on the tooth's surface.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size, or shape. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.
Schedule an appointment for your porcelain veneer at our Eagan, MN office—call Now Care Dental at (651) 686-6800. Answering services are available 24/7. Clinic hours are 10am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays.
Patients need three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
It's critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the decision-making and planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable about your objectives.
This appointment will take from one to two hours. The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed. At this appointment, a mold is taken and sent sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This can take about one to two weeks.
This appointment will take about one to two hours. First, the veneers are placed on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the esthetic results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.
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.
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Our dentists will ensure your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth that have been changed in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you'll return for a follow-up appointment.
Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It's not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance your smile, and can heighten inner satisfaction and self-esteem.