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.
Worried About "taking the plunge"?
It's a big commitment to trust someone to change your smile. What will it look like? We at Flagstaff Downtown Dental offer what is called a "Veneer Mock-up". At no charge, we will place temporary veneers on your teeth and you can get a first hand look at your new appearance and judge for yourself. We will take before and after photos and email them to you so you can share them with friends or family before commiting. It's really a fun experience for both the patient and the staff! Warning: Most people that do a mock-up go forward with veneers and virtually everyone likes how they look.
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.
How do Temporaries Look?
Most offices use prefabricated “one size fits all” temporaries that can feel bulky and look odd. We at Flagstaff Downtown Dental hand make each individual 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?
Our oldest veneers were made in 1988 and are still looking new and biting apples! We have thousands of veneers out there and you can expect yours to last a long time. 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 (Currently EMAX), 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. We always recommend a hard plastc nightguard to protect your new teeth as well as the opposing teeth.