What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that are secured to the surfaces of the front teeth to mask:
- Minor misalignment
- Gaps between teeth
These wafer-thin shells are made from porcelain, which like tooth enamel is slightly translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it. As a result, porcelain veneers are completely natural looking; they blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and provide an ideal alternative to traditional metal restorations. If you are seeking an attractive dental solution to cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers provide beautiful results that can have a transformative impact on your life.
If you feel self-conscious about your smile and are seeking a long-term solution, veneers may be for you.
We Customize Treatment to Deliver Outstanding, Natural-Looking Results
The process for placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive and through the use of the latest in dental technology, including digital imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing, typically requires just one appointment at our office.
To provide space for the veneers and ensure that the surface is properly prepared for the bonding element, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the teeth being treated. For the comfort of the patient, a local anesthetic can be used to minimize or eliminate any discomfort that may result from this step in the treatment process. Once the outer layer of enamel has been removed, an impression will be made of the teeth with the Cadent iTero® digital impressions system. This provides us with exact specifications of the teeth, allowing us to customize the veneers to meet the patient’s needs.
Once the impression has been taken, the digital files are input into our E4D Single Visit CAD CAM Restoration system. Utilizing computer-aided design software, this system fabricates restorations from a block of ceramic. By fabricating our porcelain veneers in-house at our Boston dental practice, and not relying upon an off-site laboratory, we can help ensure that the restorations meet our patients’ specific needs and expedite the treatment process by eliminating superfluous dental appointments.
Once the permanent porcelain veneers have been fabricated (the fabrication process can be completed in less than an hour), they will be placed on the teeth. The surface of the tooth will be roughened slightly so that the dental cement can bond more securely to the tooth. Once in place, Dr. Stein will adjust the porcelain veneers as necessary so that they sit flush with surrounding teeth and are aligned properly. Once the ideal position has been secured, excess bonding cement is removed from the edges of the veneers, and the restorations are polished. The process is then complete, and the smile is restored. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last many years.