Veneers Questions

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What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin facades of ceramic material that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to beautify, restore and in some cases strengthen your teeth.

What can porcelain veneers fix?

Porcelain veneers are highly durable treatments for a number of common cosmetic dental problems, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Discolored teeth,
  • Chipped, worn, or cracked teeth

What is the difference between the different types of veneers?

At Ascent Dental, we offer three types of porcelain veneers: traditional veneers, minimal prep veneers (Viva veneers), and no-prep veneers (Lumineers). The main difference among these veneers is how much dental enamel is removed to fit them. Removing more enamel may increase the likelihood you will have heat or cold sensitivity after the process, but it also determines the amount of smile reshaping that can be accomplished with your veneers.  Minimal prep and no-prep veneers are best for people who are primarily looking to whiten teeth and do little or no reshaping.

Are porcelain veneers fragile?

No. The name porcelain veneers is somewhat deceptive, because the material used for veneers is not just a straight ceramic, it is an advanced plastic-ceramic composite material. It is similar in material and intent to the new generation of composite tank armor. These veneers are so durable that more than 90% of veneers are still in place 11 years after placement.

Do porcelain veneers look fake?

Porcelain is used for veneers because the material has a very similar luster to natural tooth enamel.  This allows them to look very natural. They can be matched in color to your natural teeth, and can also be shaped to incorporate many of the features of natural teeth. The result is that your porcelain veneers can look as natural as you want them to. Once bonded in place, they can be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

What is the porcelain veneers process?

For traditional veneers, the first step is removal of some dental enamel to allow the veneers to create a smooth, uniforms surface with your natural teeth. For no-prep veneers, this step is not necessary.

Once dental enamel has been removed (or not), impressions will be taken to design your custom veneers. These are then sent to a dental lab for preparation. If you are only looking for one or two veneers, those can be produced in-house using our state-of-the-art CAD/CAM machine.  While your impressions are sent to a lab, you will wear temporary veneers that will help you to maintain your smile while veneers are made.

Once your veneers are ready, Dr. Jeff Johnston will check the fit of the veneers. He may use subtle colors in the bonding material to ensure the best possible color match. Then your veneers are bonded to your teeth.

Does the porcelain veneers process hurt?

Most people do not experience any discomfort during the porcelain veneers process. You may experience some soreness after the procedure, and sometimes may experience heat or cold sensitivity.

If you have more questions about porcelain veneers, please contact the Cherry Creek dentist office of Ascent Dental today.

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