Modern Dental Care
Could Porcelain Veneers Be right For You?
If your smile is less than perfect due to discolored, chipped, or uneven teeth, or if you have gaps between your teeth, porcelain veneers can give you a bright, beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are one of the most common restorative dental procedures we offer at Modern Dental in East Windsor, NJ. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that are bonded to teeth to change the size, color, and even the shape of imperfect teeth. Porcelain veneers can be placed on one or several teeth according to your needs.
The first step to getting porcelain veneers is a consultation with us. After telling us what it is you hope to achieve through veneers, such as making your teeth equally sized or whiter, the dentist will take x-rays of your mouth. The dentist will also give you a thorough oral examination to determine if porcelain veneers will achieve the results you desire. While you may be able to “fix” your smile with veneers alone, sometimes porcelain crowns will be necessary for some teeth, while porcelain veneers can be placed on others. You will need to make two more visits to the dentist to have your veneers made and then bonded to your teeth.
Preparation for Your Veneers
At the second visit, the dentist will begin preparing your teeth for the porcelain veneers. On the teeth that will be having a veneer attached, the dentist will remove a small portion of the enamel, about 1 mm, which is close to the thickness of the veneer that will be attached. Then impressions will be made of the teeth getting veneers, and the impression will be sent to a laboratory, which will make the porcelain veneers for your teeth. The veneers will be ready and sent back to your dentist within a week or two.
Bonding Your Veneers
At the third visit, the dentist will place the veneer on your tooth and make any final adjustments to it necessary. To match the exact shade of your teeth, the dentist will use an appropriately colored cement to bond the veneer to your tooth. Before applying the veneer, the dentist will clean and polish your tooth, and then etch the tooth to make the surface slightly rough so that the veneer and cement will bond better. The cement is put on the veneer, and then the veneer is positioned onto your tooth. A special light is then used that quickly hardens the cement. After all veneers are in place, each one will be checked for proper positioning and to see if and how your bite has been affected. We will check with you a few weeks after the procedure to ensure that the gums are adjusting to the veneers and to see if any adjustments are necessary.