Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain. When bonded to the front facing surfaces of teeth, they can create a picture-perfect smile almost instantly. They offer simple, effective smile makeovers for patients with cosmetic flaws they wish to conceal. At Flagstaff Downtown Dental, our dentists have the training, experience, and skill to offer beautiful, natural looking and feeling porcelain veneers for those patients interested in this transformative cosmetic service. If you’d like to find out more about porcelain veneers and whether or not they’re the right treatment option for your smile, contact us to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. Keep reading to get the answers to some of the questions

Will Veneers Look Like Natural Teeth?

The creation and placement of veneers requires an advanced level of skill and precision. That’s why we work with the highest quality materials, the best dental labs, and Dr. Bacon and Dr. Lerud both have years of experiencing designing and placing flawless porcelain veneers. We perform these procedures quite frequently, and we customize our treatment to the individual case in order to ensure your veneers look just like the perfected version of your own smile. Because of our advanced skill and attention to detail, patients leave our office with porcelain veneers that are essentially indistinguishable from natural teeth. They will look, feel, and function just like your own healthy smile.

How are Veneers Placed?

We need at least two appointments to design and place your porcelain veneers. During the initial visit, we remove a very small amount of tooth enamel, less than half a millimeter. This allows the veneer to lay flat within your natural smile line. Next, we capture bite impressions that will be used by our trusted dental lab to craft your high quality, custom porcelain veneer to our exact specifications. Then, we place a temporary veneer to protect your teeth until your final veneer is received. This typically takes about two weeks. Once we have the custom restoration in our office, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for the final product. The procedure itself is almost completely painless, and many patients don’t even feel they need topical or local anesthesia.

How do Temporaries Look?

Most offices use prefabricated “one size fits all” temporaries that can feel bulky and look odd. We hand make each temporary veneer, and many of our patients report that their friends and family are already complementing their “temporary” smile transformations.

How Long do Veneers Last?

You should care for your veneered teeth just like regular teeth. The only change may be to use a less abrasive toothpaste or softer bristled toothbrush. With proper daily care, the high quality porcelain veneers we create are extremely durable, and most of our patients keep them for ten or more years. To ensure the longevity of your veneer, we use the best materials available, and our team utilizes the most effective bonding materials available. Taking care of your veneers should also include breaking biting habits like nail, ice, or pen chewing that can cause small chips and cracks in the veneer. You should also avoid using your teeth as tools to open packaging.

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