Veneers are a technique we use to take an ordinary or unattractive smile and make it gorgeous. This means that people with stained, crooked, chipped, misshapen or gapped teeth can have the straight, white, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and top of the tooth. It requires the removal of much less tooth structure than a crown or cap.
It usually takes two appointments to fabricate a veneer. During the first appointment the tooth will be properly shaped to receive the veneer. Impressions are then taken to make precise models of the teeth. These models are used to artistically craft the veneers to exactly fit the prepared teeth. On the second appointment the veneers are inspected and approved in the mouth for color and desired shape. They are then bonded into place using a resin adhesive and a harmless ultraviolet light. Once bonded to place, veneers virtually become part of the teeth. The bond is extremely strong.
This patient came to us because she was unhappy with how her teeth looked. Her upper right canine tooth was stuck in the bone. She had braces when she was younger in an attempt to move it, but this had not been successful. Her other option was surgery, but that was not something she wanted to do. Instead, we decided to just change the shape of those two teeth. First we bleached her teeth to her desired color, and then veneers were placed on those teeth to give her a natural looking smile. Contact Dr. Gerald Middleton in Riverside California to talk about how Porcelain Veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. (951) 688-3442