Our teeth undergo an extreme amount of pressure that might include some unconscious habits of grinding our teeth or clenching our jaws that can lead to some negative consequences. There are other factors that come into play as well, such as our genetic makeup, but routine proper dental hygiene and regular oral checkups with your dentists can often prevent these types of conditions from leading to future tooth loss or to further damage and decay that might eventually affect your beautiful smile.

Dental veneers can help patients who suffer from chipped or crooked teeth, repairing the worn enamel and small cracks that can result. There are several options of materials in which these veneers can be made. While porcelain is perhaps the more common, our dentist is also very knowledge about a form of composite resin dental veneer. Both methods are created safely in a dental laboratory or in our professional office, custom forming to your unique smile and to each individual tooth.

How do we apply Dental Veneers?

In many cases, the individual tooth must be reshaped or reformed to allow for the veneer to be attached. Our dentists will use a very special dental technique that allows us to finely grind some of the rough edges of your tooth prior to the placement of the individual veneers. This allows us to provide additional space around the tooth so that the veneer will fit into place comfortably and naturally.

The dental veneer process should only be used for smiles that have uneven or damaged teeth since we would not want to reshape perfectly healthy and pleasing teeth. If the tooth is not damaged but discoloration is perhaps a concern, there are other types of restorative cosmetic processes that can be considered, such as teeth whitening or teeth bleaching.

The entire process of dental veneers will require approximately two or three visits over a short period of six weeks. Crafting your dental veneers requires a special molding technique from your professional cosmetic dentistry with expertise in this very specific area of restorative dentistry. On the first visit, we will take the measurements required for each veneer, prepping each tooth for the final treatment. A local anesthetic is used to minimize possible discomfort, and temporary veneers are installed.

Once the permanent veneers are delicately designed and created, you will return for another visit where the permanent dental veneers will be attached through the use of a dental bonding agent.