Enhance Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

November 21, 2014 |

Dental Treatments

Dr. Chris Baer is an experienced dentist providing general, restorative and aesthetic dental procedures to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth, and Franktown, CO. One of the most effective and long lasting cosmetic dental treatments is dental veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin custom-made shells that are made of composite material or porcelain. The color of veneers closely matches with the patient’s healthy teeth. They are designed to cover the front visible surface of teeth that have conspicuous imperfections that compromise the smile.

The positive and terrific aspects pertaining to veneers is that the treatment is fairly simple, does not harm the health of adjacent teeth or gums, and involves no surgery. A cosmetic dentist will usually adopt a conservative approach while preparing the teeth for veneers, so that desired aesthetic outcome is achieved without causing any damage to the overall health of the teeth. Porcelain is the most popular material for veneers because it has properties similar to those of natural tooth enamel. It is also a highly resilient material, and high quality porcelain veneers can last for several years without any significant wear and tear.

Good Candidates for Veneers

People who are unhappy with their smile due to imperfections in their front teeth, and are looking for a long-term solution may discuss the option of dental veneers with their dentist. Dr. Baer may recommend veneers to his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, if their front teeth have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Discoloration has occurred on the front surface of the teeth due to root canal treatment, certain medications, excessive use of fluoride, or other reasons.
  • Teeth have become dark or stained due to smoking or environmental factors.
  • There are unsightly gaps between teeth.
  • Teeth are slightly broken or chipped.
  • Teeth have become shorter or worn-out.
  • Teeth are slightly uneven, irregular in shape or misaligned.


A typical veneers procedure will require three visits to the office of the cosmetic dentist. However, certain advanced qualities of veneers may require a shorter duration, or the dentist may be able to make adjustments depending on the patient’s needs. The first visit is for consultation when the dentist will examine the condition of the teeth, identify the teeth that may be suited for veneers, and explain all the pros and cons of veneers in comparison to other cosmetic dental treatment options. The second visit involves tooth preparation and temporary veneers, and the third and final visit involves the final application of permanent veneers.

Tooth Preparation

Once the patient has decided to proceed with veneers treatment, the first stage is to prepare the selected teeth for veneers. The dentist will carefully remove about half a millimeter of enamel from the front surface of the chosen teeth. This thickness is nearly equivalent to the thickness of the porcelain veneers. This trimming process will ensure that veneers naturally take the space created in the front surface, and remain unnoticeable from outside. The dentist will use a local anesthetic for this procedure to avoid any pain or discomfort for the patient.

Temporary Veneers

Once the teeth have been prepared, the dentist will make an impression or model of the teeth. This model will be used in the dental lab to fabricate customized veneers to fit into the area perfectly. It typically takes about one to two weeks to have the veneers crafted in the laboratory. At this stage, the dentist may place temporary veneers for the intervening period. This will depend on how unsightly the prepared teeth look, or what may be the unique needs of a patient in this regard.

Placement of Permanent Veneers

Once the permanent veneers are ready, the cosmetic dentist will place them over the teeth to evaluate their appropriate fit and shade. An etching process will be done on the teeth to make the surface rough for better bonding. Special dental cement will be applied to the veneers and permanent placement will be done over the prepared teeth. The dentist may also apply a special light beam over the veneer surface to cause stronger bonding and hardening of the cement. Excess dental cement, if any, will be removed.

Dr. Baer’s patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO may choose veneers because of the various advantages of this cosmetic treatment. Veneers provide an enhanced and natural looking smile. Gum tissue can tolerate porcelain quite well. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and the patient can enjoy an improved smile for several years with veneers.