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Porcelain Veneers

Procelain Veneers specimen

What are porcelain veneers?

A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of translucent material placed over the surface of a tooth to improve the appearance of the tooth, or to protect a damaged surface. There are a number of veneer providers including Lumineer™ but they all provide the same result.

When are porcelain veneers the best choice?

Porcelain veneers are likely the most attractive and natural-looking material for creating a beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction (approximately 0.5 mm to 1 mm) and are therefore a more conservative restoration than a crown. Veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for esthetic abnormalities, but are a truly remarkable restoration.

Porcelain veneers may be something to consider for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Your teeth have issues of color (not bright or white enough).
  • Your teeth are not heavily filled.
  • The existing fillings are small and most of your tooth’s enamel is still present.
  • You feel orthodontic correction of tooth alignment (straightening) does not fit your life-style.

Deciding how teeth with new veneers should look

At New Haven Dental Group we treat each patient as a unique case, with personal goals, for an attractive healthy smile as a priority in planning their dental needs. This includes those patients seeking porcelain veneers as well as a great number of other cosmetic dental services.

We recommend the least complicated solution to help patients reach their personal smile goals which they express at their initial consultation. Solutions may involve the use of porcelain veneers for cosmetic recontouring. Sometimes simple conservative bonding will help the patient reach their goal for their smile.

We work with each patient individually to understand how they would like their smile to improve. An individual might choose porcelain veneers to enhance the attractiveness of their smile for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Tooth length (too long or too short).
  • Individual tooth size is unbalanced in the mouth.
  • Unsightly spaces between teeth.
  • Smile not broad enough to fill “buccal corridor” (the space between the lip corners and the fronts of the back teeth).

If there is any question whether porcelain veneers can solve a particular problem smile, we can create a model wax-up and temporarily bond tooth colored resin as an overlay that enables the patient to “field test” the anticipated change to their smile before committing to treatment.

Call a New Haven Dental Group dentist office now, we look forward to caring for you very well!

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