Veneers are custom-made pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven bonding agent available. That means they are exceptionally strong.
Porcelain veneers are an ideal option for correcting stained, chipped, inset or crooked teeth. Wherever a cosmetic issue exists on the front of your teeth, a veneer can fill it in and hide it. Perhaps you have one tooth that sits back from all of the other nicely lined-up teeth. A veneer over that inset tooth will cause it to line up perfectly with the rest. It can also create the look of a straight tooth from some crooked teeth. Stained or chipped teeth will benefit from being covered by a veneer. All in all, a strong porcelain veneer can create a smile that you can be proud of.
Once bonded to the teeth, veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to food stains. However, common sense would tell us that overuse of coffee, tea, or cigarettes will challenge any oral cosmetic addition. For strength and appearance though, a veneer’s resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is hard to surpass.
Like most dental procedures, the veneer process is begun from a professionally made model of your problem tooth or teeth. Your veneer is then crafted by a professional lab technician, working from the model.
Placing custom teeth veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. Hartzell looks at each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of every patient’s smile.
With proper care, your new veneer will enhance your smile for many years to come. Bear in mind that sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture, and a repair may be necessary in that case. But for many people the results are more than worth it. Obviously you should try to keep your veneer safe; don’t use your teeth to open bottles, etc. If accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved. Taking good care of your veneer will prolong its life and lengthen your smiling time.