At the office of William E. Leboe DDS
, we use porcelain veneers
to fix numerous cosmetic blunders in teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom-made in a dental laboratory. They reshape the smile when they are bonded to the front surface of teeth. Veneers are a good alternative to crowns for fixing dental imperfections.
Veneers offer a solution for many cosmetic dental issues, including teeth that are too large or too small, gaps, uneven gaps, colored teeth, stained teeth, worn teeth, and crooked teeth. Veneers can correct chips in teeth and add strength to the structure of teeth. They can leave you with a brilliantly bright smile that is even and without flaws. Veneers may eventually need to be replaced, but they are made to be durable for a white smile that lasts many years.
We usually apply porcelain veneers in two visits. At the first visit, we prepare teeth by buffing and shaping the surfaces to allow for the appropriate placement of veneers. We then take an impression of the teeth, and the patient and dentist choose a color for the veneers. During the second visit, we clean the patient's teeth with special solutions to allow for a durable bond. We apply bonding cement between the tooth and veneer, and we bond the veneer to the tooth using a special light beam that hardens the cement. The entire process of applying veneers usually requires little or no anesthesia. After the procedure, we'll provide care instructions for your new veneers and discuss proper brushing and flossing. Coming in for regular dental checkups will help your veneers last as long as possible before they need to be replaced.