A dental veneer is a thin covering that is permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve the aesthetics of the color, size, shape, or length of teeth. Dental veneers are an elective cosmetic dental procedure not typically covered by dental insurance.
The term dental veneer is a broadly used term to describe any dental procedure that improves the outward appearance of our teeth. Terms commonly used include:
- Porcelain dental veneers
- Porcelain dental laminates
- Cosmetic dental bonding
What’s possible with cosmetic dental veneers?
Veneers are a great way to dramatically improve the visible aesthetics of your smile.
Dental veneers can permanently change the:
- Length of highly visible teeth
Types of cosmetic dental veneers
There are two primary types of dental veneers.
- Porcelain veneer: made of porcelain/ceramic and are fabricated offsite at a dental laboratory
- Composite veneer: made of composite/acrylic material that is bonded to desired teeth in incremental layers in a single dental appointment
Pros and cons of cosmetic dental veneers
- Results are permanent and long lasting
- Requires only minimal removal of tooth structure to dramatically improve the aesthetics of teeth
- Dental veneers do not last forever and will require replacement if supporting tooth structure is compromised by dental caries, natural tooth margins of the veneer become stained or discolored, or if the surrounding gum tissue recedes.
Note: If you have a teeth grinding and/or habit of clenching your teeth (aka Bruxism), your dentist will recommend to fabricate
a custom bruxism mouth guard designed to be worn while you sleep upon completion of your dental veneers. A bruxism mouth guard will help to protect your teeth (including your dental veneers) from chipping or fracture.
Dentistry for the Entire Family offers complimentary cosmetic consultations
The dentist will examine your teeth and discuss with you what your options are to improve the appearance of your smile.
After your consultation, you’ll meet with one of our patient care coordinators who will provide you an financial estimate for each discussed cosmetic treatment option to allow you to make an informed decision about how best to improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Call (763) 586-9988 to schedule a complimentary, no obligation, cosmetic consultation or click the button below to request an appointment online.
Porcelain dental veneers procedure
Typically requires three appointments***
1st dental appointment
- Dental assistant will take “before” digital photographs of your smile.
- Dentist will prepare desired teeth for future placement of porcelain veneers. Tooth preparation is very minimal,
often less than 0.5mm of the front surface and sides of the teeth are reduced to allow for the adhesion and thickness of the porcelain veneer.
- Afterwards, the dentist will review post appointment instructions and the dental assistant will coordinate a short appointment at our nearby dental lab with an expert colorist who will create a custom shade match for your porcelain veneers.
2nd dental appointment
- The second appointment is a short appointment and takes place at the dental lab (only a few miles away).
- Both you and your dental assistant will meet with a lab technician who is an expert tooth colorist. The lab tech will create a custom shade for your porcelain dental veneers.
3rd dental appointment
- Dentist will temporarily place your porcelain veneers and check that they are a perfect fit and shade.
- Then it’s your turn to see them. The dentist and dental assistant will ask you a series of detailed questions regarding your porcelain veneers to ensure that you 100% love the look of your porcelain veneers before the dentist will
permanently bond them into place.
- Upon your approval, the dentist will proceed to permanently bond your porcelain veneers.
- Lastly, the dentist will review post appointment instructions and have your dental assistant take “after” digital photographs of you newly enhanced smile!
Composite dental veneers procedure
Completed in a single dental appointment***
- Dental assistant will take “before” digital photographs of your smile and select a composite shade that closely matches the shade of your teeth.
- Dentist will prepare desired teeth for placement of composite dental veneers.
- Dentist will place and bond composite material in incremental, thin layers on desired teeth to improve the aesthetics of desired teeth. In between each layer, the dentist will cure the material using a dental curing light that emits a blue colored light. This instantly hardens the dental composite material.
- Afterwards, the dentist will use a variety of finishing tools to smooth, contour, and polish your composite dental veneers.
- Lastly, you’ll be given a mirror to see the amazing results of your transformation. The dentist will review post appointment instructions and have your dental assistant take “after” digital photographs of you newly enhanced smile!
***Wait one week after whitening your teeth before scheduling dental veneer appointments. This will ensure a more natural shade match for your dental veneers with adjacent teeth.
***If your dentist suspects that you clench and/or grind your teeth, your dentist will recommend fabrication of a mouth guard, worn while you sleep, to protect your new dental veneers from chipping and or fracture.
How to care for dental veneers
Caring for your new dental veneers is no different than caring for your natural teeth. We recommend that you brush two times per day and floss daily. It is also best to minimize the intake of staining foods and beverages in order to prevent unsightly staining of the margins of your new veneers.
Schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation today!
Call (763) 586-9988 to schedule an appointment or click the button below to request an appointment online.