Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. One of the most popular ways to get a beautiful smile is to ask us about porcelain veneers. When food, tobacco, drinks and age result in discolored teeth, veneers are often the best way to brighten up your teeth and smile.
Veneers are a rather simple procedure and we consider it the ideal choice for improving discolored teeth. Besides covering up stained teeth, porcelain veneers can be used to cover gaps between teeth or even chipped teeth.
Usually, it takes three visits to your dentist to get veneers applied.
- First visit: You get to help decide how your new smile will look. The dentist will explain the whole process and help you make decisions that are right for you.
- Second visit: The dentist prepares your teeth by lightly buffing them. About a half a millimeter of your original tooth is removed. Then, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth to send to the lab and make your porcelain veneers.
- Third visit: During the third visit, the dentist can make final color adjustments before cementing the veneers in place. To apply the veneer, the teeth are cleansed with a solution to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the veneer and the tooth and a visible light beam allows the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.
About two weeks after you have veneers applied, you may return to the dentist for a follow-up visit if it is necessary. At that appointment, we can smooth any rough spots or do some minor adjustments with the way your teeth come together.
If you think veneers might be the smile fix you’ve been looking for, call Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Nelson at Dental Touch Associates at 319-373-5082 to schedule an appointment.