Porcelain veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped shells of durable porcelain that are custom-crafted by a professional dental laboratory according to precise specifications provided by our office. Bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile, veneers can change the color, shape, size, or length of the teeth. Dr. Clint Newman offers porcelain veneers to his Nashville patients who are looking to improve the quality of their smiles. If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers or want to find out whether you’re a candidate for the procedure, contact our office for more information.
Although there are many factors that determine your candidacy for porcelain veneers, if you have any of the following, you may qualify for the procedure:
You and Dr. Newman will have careful and extensive pre-operative discussions to ensure that you are well informed and as prepared as possible for the procedure. You will discuss your expectations and desires as well as your requests as for as anesthesia and post-operative care.
The process to place porcelain veneers usually requires two visits and little or no anesthesia. The first step involves active communication between you and Dr. Newman, during which an understanding of desired results and realistic expectations will be established. Your teeth will be examined in order to institute an individualized plan of action for your treatment. X-rays and impressions may be made.
Then, teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and forming the surface to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. Usually about half a millimeter of enamel is removed from the tooth’s surface. A mold of your tooth will be made and sent to a dental laboratory where your veneer will be constructed. Dr. Newman will receive your custom-made porcelain veneers at the Nashville office between one and two weeks later.
On the second visit, the teeth will be cleaned with special liquids and polished, which abrades the tooth to ensure a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and the porcelain veneers and a special light is used to harden and chemically bond them together. The final step involves removing any excess cement and evaluating your bite to make sure the veneers are resting in their proper place.
A follow-up appointment may be requested in order for Dr. Newman to assess your veneers and your general oral health.
Porcelain veneers are becoming more and more popular as their positive results continue to impress those who desire a more appealing smile. Advantages include:
By avoiding the extensive process that crowns require, veneers offer a more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape that results in a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
Porcelain veneers can completely revitalize your teeth and smile. They are frequently used as an alternative to crowns and are often the best aesthetic solution to treat multiple dental conditions. Veneers are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful, long-lasting smile. If you are interested in revitalizing your teeth with porcelain veneers, please contact our Nashville office for more information.