Dental Veneers

Restore Your Smile With Dental Veneers

What are dental veneers? A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and top of a tooth. Veneers can be used to lengthen small or short teeth, straighten crowded teeth, close spaces between teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth. When teeth are chipped or worn, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original appearance.

Porcelain Dental Veneers Resist Staining

Cosmetic dental bonding materials utilized in the past had the shortcoming of being susceptible to staining and discoloring. This was especially a problem for those people whose teeth had excessive exposure to tea, coffee, red wine, or cigarette smoking. A significant advantage of porcelain veneers over other types of cosmetic dental bonding is related to the fact that a porcelain veneer's surface is just that, porcelain. Since porcelain is a ceramic, and therefore glass-like, its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This means that the surface of a porcelain veneer will not pick up permanent stains.

How do we restore teeth with veneers?

It usually takes two appointments to restore teeth with veneers. During the first appointment, we shape and roughen the teeth. We then take impressions of your teeth, which we use to make precise models of your mouth. It's on these models that our laboratory artistically crafts veneers to fit the prepared teeth.

During the second appointment we clean the prepared teeth and then use a strong dental adhesive to bond the veneers to the teeth. A harmless, high-intensity light is used to harden the adhesive. Once in place, veneers virtually become part of the teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth because the bond is extremely strong. The final result is beautiful and natural-looking teeth.

Dr. Beadling has had extensive training in preparing and placing veneers as well as in all phases of cosmetic and esthetic dentistry. Ask our staff to show you some of our before and after pictures when you are in the office.

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