Porcelain Veneers & Lumineers
Tooth veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry technique for creating a beautiful smile. They consist of thin sections of durable porcelain that are custom made for the unique shape of your teeth. Dental laboratories create the veneers to match the exact color and shape specifications sent in by your dentist, and once completed, they will be bonded onto the front surface of your teeth.
Veneers are often chosen as alternatives to crowns and other restorations, and they can be used to completely alter the shape of your smile and teeth. They are quite durable and can last for several years, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting smile.
Reasons to Choose Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance and function of your smile by correcting a variety of dental issues:
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
If you've decided to use porcelain veneers to improve your smile, you'll need to schedule two visits. At your first appointment, your teeth will be prepared via light buffing and surface shaping so that the veneer can fit around the tooth. Impressions or molds of your teeth will be taken, and you and your dentist will choose the color of your new restorations.
At your second visit, your teeth will be cleaned with a specialized solution that will help the veneers to bond to the surface of your teeth. Bonding cement will be placed between the veneer and the natural tooth, and your dentist will use a specialized light to help set the bond and harden the cement.
After your appointment, you should continue to see your dentist regularly to check up on the health and appearance of your smile. By following a proper dental hygiene routine and getting in regular visits with your dentist, you'll extend the life of your beautiful new porcelain veneers.
Not All Veneers Are the Same
Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers, which allows for minimally aggressive preparation, and the ability to maintain more of your natural, healthy tooth structure. The typical veneer preparation often calls for shots and anesthesia to prevent pain. With the reduced preparation of Lumineers, there is often no pain or shots involved.
Typical veneers require unsightly acrylic temporaries between visits. Because Lumineers only slightly alter the natural shape of your tooth, we are able to skip this step while you wait for your custom-made Lumineers.
While many dental offices will be happy to apply veneers for you, Lumineers require additional training that Dr. Hsu has had. Be sure to call us first when considering veneers for a new smile.