Are Porcelain Dental Veneers For You?

February 28, 2015 |

Dental Treatments

Will Porcelain Veneers Work For You?

Dr. Chris Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing advanced and innovative dental solutions to create a great smile. Dr. Baer may recommend porcelain veneers to suitable candidates to enhance the shade and appearance of their teeth. Patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, and surrounding areas looking to improve their smile with dental veneers may consult with Dr. Baer.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, tooth colored shells made of refined porcelain material that a dentist may use to re-create the natural appearance of teeth. High quality porcelain veneers contain a compilation of multiple ultra-thin ceramic layers that are designed to replace original tooth enamel. Veneers treatment is minimally invasive, non-surgical and achieves long-term aesthetic results. As a result, it has become one of the more popular cosmetic dental treatments today.

Prominent Candidates

A suitable and ideal candidate for porcelain veneers is typically an adult with conspicuously discolored, stained, dark, or pale front teeth that are visible during smiling or eating. If these conditions do not respond to dental whitening, the cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers treatment.

Patients with mild conditions of cracked, chipped, crooked or misshaped teeth may also benefit from veneers. In addition to improving the aesthetic appearance of the teeth, porcelain veneers also provide enhanced strength and resilience to the teeth.

Consultation and Preparation

Porcelain veneers procedure should ideally be performed by an experienced dentist who has the necessary expertise in providing this treatment. Dr. Baer is one such dentist providing high quality veneer treatment to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, and nearby communities. The dentist will typically conduct a thorough smile analysis during the initial consultation to determine whether the patient is a notable and terrific candidate for veneers.

The cosmetic dentist may also create a diagnostic mock-up that will enable the patient to ‘try on’ dental veneers to determine if the outcome matches with what the patient is looking for. With the help of cosmetic imaging, the dentist may be able to show to the patient how the new smile will appear with porcelain veneers. Any doubts and queries of the patient can be addressed at this stage. Patients should be aware that once the veneers process is initiated and the teeth are prepared for them, it is usually not possible to reverse the process.

Dental Veneers: The Procedure

The procedure will begin with the dentist removing a very tiny amount of original tooth enamel, which is typically less than a millimeter in thickness. This creates space for the dental veneer to fit in naturally over the affected tooth. Custom fabricated veneers are prepared for each of the affected teeth to ensure a perfect and natural looking fit.

To bond the veneers with the front surface of the teeth, which has been prepared, the dentist will place a light-sensitive resin between the front surface of the tooth and the veneer. The resin will then be hardened with a special curing light. High quality porcelain veneers can last for many years, and the patient can enjoy a natural looking smile without any inhibition.