What are veneers?
A veneer is a cosmetic covering adhered to a tooth surface. A dental veneer improves the appearance of a tooth or teeth. Veneers are made from high-quality porcelain material because this achieves the most natural appearance. Porcelain reflects light beautifully and also appears slightly see-through, or transparent, just like your natural teeth.
This conservative treatment can improve the shape or color of a tooth, make a tooth appear longer, and can also be used to give the appearance of alignment when a tooth is slightly turned. Because veneers are very thin, we must remove only a small amount of surface enamel to achieve the desired outcome. Once veneers are made in the dental lab, we cement them onto the teeth you want to change. Our method of bonding creates long-lasting results, letting you enjoy a glossy, celebrity smile for several years.
Procopio Towle Dental Office takes great care to place veneers that meet your specifications so you get the look you want.
Achieve your perfect smile without drilling
At Procopio Towle Dental Office, we use the very latest technology. In many cases, we can complete a smile makeover with beautiful veneers without having to drill your teeth!
Some of the advantages of drill-less veneer treatment include:
- Conserve natural tooth structure
- No sensitivity
- No pain
- Long-lasting results
The veneer process
To get your new smile, we perform treatment over a few appointments.
During your first appointment for veneers, we discuss what you like and dislike about your smile as it is. We may view images together to identify characteristics that you would like to see in your new smile, like more rounded teeth or more even proportions. Molds will be made of your teeth. These will be sent to the dental lab along with the detailed specifications we have come up with together, including color and other characteristics. A master ceramist will work from our model and specs to make a mock-up that matches your complexion and facial contouring.
During your second appointment, we will focus on preparing your teeth for temporary veneers. This may involve reducing enamel a small amount so veneers will lie flush against the gums. If we can, we will place veneers without modifying the structure of your teeth. However, it is important to reduce bulk when necessary so your veneers do not feel uncomfortable or look fake. A second mold will be taken after preparation has been done. We then fill the space we created with temporary material customized to blend with surrounding teeth. This step allows you to try on your new smile for several days before we order your final veneers. If there are any changes you would like to see, we have time to make them.
Your third visit will be scheduled about two weeks after we have applied for temporary veneers. During this appointment, we can discuss any changes that you would like to make to your final restorations. We want to make sure you are completely happy with the outcome of your treatment! Once you have confirmed satisfaction with the details of your new smile, we will take the last mold and send it to the lab, where it will be used along with the model of your prepared teeth to create lifelike veneers.
Your final veneers should be ready in about a week. At this time, you will come back to the office for placement. Before we cement veneers onto your teeth, we perform a thorough evaluation of fit, shape, and color to ensure your satisfaction. If you are not happy with any particular detail of your veneers, changes can be made. Once you have the look you want, we will cement your restorations into place.
Well-fitting veneers that are taken care of can last up to ten years and even beyond. During your routine visits, we will check the appearance of your veneers as well as your bite.
Porcelain dental veneers can disguise several flaws, from gaps to discoloration. Learn more, call Procopio Towle Dental Office at (925) 933-5677.