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Porcelain Veneers

“Veneer” is an outer covering whether we are talking about wood, stone, or teeth.  There is a lot of confusion with this procedure and what options are available.

Your first choice is which material to veneer your teeth.  You can choose filling material that can be blended to look very natural.  It is the least expensive option, but the color stability and strength is less predictable than porcelain.  Typically it will last 5-7 years before maintenance repairs are necessary.  Sometimes longevity of this material is less depending on grinding, clenching, or other mechanical stresses.

The remaining choices are porcelain combinations.  Some of these materials can be fabricated in a very thin layer and require almost no tooth preparation.  If the teeth are in relatively good position and you just want a color change, this can be a good option.  Other options require more preparation of the teeth to allow the perception of straight teeth.  The more tooth structure that needs to be removed, the strength may become a factor, so different porcelains are available to manage the stresses better. 

Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty by the ADA, but Dr. Ward has spent a tremendous amount of time in education to learn specialized techniques and treatment planning to give his patients the best esthetics and function with predictable results.


Reasons for porcelain veneers:

Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.

  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

Dr. Chris Ward and Dr. Jillian Prather are both members of AACD (American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry). The AACD recognizes these doctors are professionals of cosmetic dentistry and are certified to perform cosmetic dentistry services.

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