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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are customized thin pieces of porcelain utilized to treat dental conditions and transform the smile. Veneers are an alternative treatment for crowns. Veneers are not a permanent treatment and may require replacement. This treatment can be maintained with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to Valley Alder Family Dentistry.

Patients may need veneers for:

  • Cosmetically transforming the smile
  • Crooked or Misshapen teeth
  • Discoloration or stains
  • Spacing issues
  • Chipped teeth

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Candidates for veneers are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles and wish to change their smiles. Patients must be free of oral health issues to undergo this treatment. If patients have any dental health issues, Dr. Patel will have to address the condition before performing a veneer treatment. Patients will meet with Dr. Patel for a comprehensive dental examination to determine if the porcelain veneers treatment is right for them.

Dr. Patel will perform an oral examination and various other tests including a digital X-ray exam to assess whether a porcelain veneer treatment is right for the patient. If the patient is a candidate, Dr. Patel will create a dental treatment plan detailing the entire process. Patients will be educated on all pre- and post-treatment instructions during this appointment. Porcelain veneers can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or combined with another dental treatment.

Porcelain Veneers Treatment

The veneers treatment is completed in two appointments. Patients may be given little to no anesthesia to undergo this treatment. The dentist will begin the treatment by buffing and shaping the tooth to prepare for the veneer. A mold will then be taken by the dentist and the veneer color will be chosen during this appointment. The mold will be sent to the laboratory to the dental technicians to start creating the porcelain veneers. The veneers will be carefully created based on Dr. Patel’s directions. The veneers will be polished, sized, and shaped to fit the patient’s smile.

During the second appointment, the teeth will be cleaned with a special liquid to prepare the tooth for the veneer. The bonding cement will then be placed on the tooth and veneer to bond the two together. A special light will be applied to harden and set the veneer into place. Patients will receive veneer care instructions after the treatment.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can help patients address a number of cosmetic dental issues. Veneers benefits also include:

  • Customized to match the patient’s smile
  • High-quality materials
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Easy care

Patients may require veneer replacement. Dr. Patel can replace porcelain veneers one at a time and reinvigorate the smile. At Valley Family Dentistry, Dr. Patel uses the highest quality materials for porcelain veneers to help create a more natural, yet beautiful smile. During the porcelain veneer consultation appointment, Dr. Patel will educate the patient on all aspects of the treatment and help the patient decide whether this treatment is right for them.

Proper Care for Veneers

Porcelain veneers require no special care. Veneers can be cared for like a natural tooth. Patients can resume their daily oral hygiene process following a porcelain veneer treatment. To help extend the life of the veneers, patients can use a soft toothbrush, avoid toothpaste with baking soda, and avoid harsh mouthwashes. Patients should also schedule biannual visits to our office to ensure that they are properly taking care of their porcelain veneers.

Contact Valley Alder Family Dentistry

Contact our friendly staff at Valley Alder Family Dentistry to learn more about the porcelain veneers process. Dr. Patel provides state-of-the-art dental care and treatments that can help transform the smile. Achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Valley Alder Family Dentistry.