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More About Our Porcelain Veneers Services
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of your tooth. Porcelain veneers are used to correct crooked or gapped teeth, dark or stained teeth, and teeth that are chipped, cracked, or misshapen. Porcelain veneers can quickly change the appearance of your smile without braces or dental surgery.
Why Patients Choose Northwood Dental
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Create the appearance of even, white teeth
- Fill in any spaces between teeth
- Cover darkly stained or discolored teeth
- Realize instant improvement in appearance
The Process Of Placing Veneers
Porcelain veneers are placed in only three visits. In the initial consultation, you can determine whether you are a candidate and discuss the results.
At your next appointment, the doctors at Northwood Dental will prepare your teeth. Porcelain veneers account for ½ millimeter of space and therefore, your teeth must be reshaped to accommodate them. After reshaping, the dentist will take an impression which will be used to create your porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers, made in the office, are placed for you that day as the permanent set will take approximately three weeks.
Your porcelain veneers are now ready to be permanently placed. After removing your temporary veneers, your natural teeth will be cleaned and etched to enhance the bond. The dentist will adjust the shape and color of your new porcelain veneers, if necessary, and will bond the veneers to your teeth using a special light that activates the bonding agent in the dental cement. This methodical application ensures proper placement and this part of the process may take several hours.
Porcelain veneers last roughly eight to ten years before replacement is necessary. Porcelain veneers are preferred by some patients because they are better able to replicate the appearance of natural teeth and are more resistant to staining than other cosmetic dentistry options.