Porcelain Dental Veneers
If you are looking to change the shape, color and/or alignment of your teeth, dental veneers might be for you. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the face of your teeth. Usually, your teeth will be reduced slightly to create the best shape and style for your new smile.
As opposed to waiting months or years for re-alignment with Invisalign or traditional orthodontics, or repeatedly whitening your teeth to maintain the color you want (especially you coffee drinkers), veneers are a great option for patients who are looking to transform their smile permanently and quickly. If you just don’t have enough time for braces or the patience for whitening then veneers may be what you’re looking for.
The difference between us and other dentists?
The difference between veneers that look “Perfect” versus ones that look like “Chiclets” is PLANNING. Most dentists either don’t plan at all or they pass it on to a dental lab to plan your case. When done this way, the outcome of your case is anything but perfect. It’s unpredictable! This is why we keep all of our planning, design and fabrication of your veneers in house. It means that we really understand how to make your dental veneers beautiful without compromising the health of your teeth!
Before anything is ever done to your teeth, a 3D prototype of your final teeth has to be made. The prototype is necessary for two main reasons. First, you only want minimal reduction of your teeth. Any unnecessary reduction can adversely affect the health of the tooth.
The second reason a prototype is needed is that it provides a roadmap so we can make your dental veneers the correct shape and size to fit you. Look at figure 3 and 4 above. Why does one set of veneers look horrible while the other one looks perfect? The reason this happens is because of a lack of planning. No roadmap was made prior to reducing the teeth. This resulted in areas where the tooth was not reduced enough which in turn lead to bulky veneers.
How are Porcelain Veneers placed on teeth?
You’ll have three appointments for porcelain veneers. First, you’ll have a consultation to plan the procedure. Your consultation might include a mockup or simulation to show you a rough estimate of what you’ll look like with veneers. It helps take the guesswork out of your decision. If you decide to move forward then a set of upper and lower impressions will be made. These impressions will be used to design your veneers.
At the second visit, we will prepare your teeth to receive veneers. As long as your teeth are aligned well, very little tooth structure is removed. If a tooth is very back, there may not be a need to remove tooth structure at all. After the teeth are prepared, a mold of your mouth will be taken so that Dr. Peter can design and hand-make your veneers. Realistic temporary veneers will be placed so that you can evaluate the shape and size of the final proposed veneers.
At your final appointment, we will make sure your veneers have the proper fit and color. Your veneers will be carefully placed on your teeth with a bonding cement. Once the veneers are in the right spot, we will use a special light to activate quick-drying chemicals in the cement. After the veneers are all bonded, we will evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments.
How long will my Veneers last?
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last from 10 to 30 years. A good maintenance routine is essential, though. Tooth decay or injuries can cause veneers to break, especially early on.
We recommend treating your teeth gently. Brush and floss daily, use a non-abrasive toothpaste (this means no whitening toothpaste), and avoid biting your fingernails, chewing ice, or using your teeth as a tool. So resist the urge to rip packages open with your front teeth, because it can cause chips or fractures.
You, the patient, have a huge role in maintaining the longevity of your veneers, You can’t just have them put on and go MIA on us for three or four years. Your teeth need to be maintained and cleaned every 4 to 6 months.
What are the risks or potential side effects of porcelain veneers?
You might have a few days of sensitivity or discomfort after your veneers are placed, but it’s not usually a painful procedure. If you’re uncomfortable while you’re getting used to having veneers, we may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen. Often times, a simple warm salt-water rinse for 1 to 2 days will usually do the trick.
In rare cases, people experience changes to their bite. This should easily be adjusted at a follow-up visit. Also, like all teeth that have any crowns or fillings, root canals may be needed for some veneered teeth. Think of the veneering process as surgery, the more teeth that are veneered at the same time, the more potential complications there are. For this reason, it is wiser to do your veneers in steps rather than doing too much at the same time. For this reason alone, we like to do a maximum of 8 to 10 veneers at the same time.
Do you have a payment plan?
Yes, we do. We use Denefits to finance you. A down payment of 10% is required, but there is no credit check. You can be financed up to 72 months Consultations are free.
Do you have a warranty?
We have a 10 Year Warranty on your veneers as long as you come in for your scheduled cleaning appointments at least once a year. We do not cover damage to veneer if you failed to follow instructions for care or in cases of trauma.
How much experience do you have?
Dr. Peter has personally made thousands of veneers by hand. 99% of dentists send their veneer cases to labs so they do not have an intimate knowledge of shaping, adjusting and layering veneers. Because the design of the case is completely handled by Dr. Peter, problems can be addressed easily and in a timely manner.
Here are some of the cases we have finished at our office:
Same Day Veneers
This special veneer technique is one that was created by Dr. Peter Nguyen. Same day dental veneers are a great option for patients looking to change their smile in a few hours and at half the cost. In fact, you can actually have a new smile in one appointment. Same day veneers are much more versatile than traditional porcelain veneers; not only can you change your smile, but you can also fix the function of your teeth as well. In general, the biggest advantage that same day dental veneers have over traditional porcelain veneers is that there is almost no grinding of your natural teeth . In fact, no grinding may be needed at all, which means you may not need to be numbed up. Same day dental veneers can also be repaired in a matter of minutes if it chips or breaks.