Porcelain Veneers for a Beautiful Smile
At Life Smiles Dental Care, we meet many people who feel dissatisfied with the way their smile looks when they look in the mirror. Where most people see a happy grin full of straight white teeth, these poor souls see a yellowed, crooked, damaged smile.
Many get to the point where they smile with their mouth closed or, even worse, stop smiling altogether. If this sounds like you, then porcelain veneers from Dr. Paul Nielson may be the answer you are looking for. Porcelain veneers fit over your natural teeth, repairing damaged or discolored smiles and helping people feel confident in their reflection.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and the benefits they offer, call our Scottsdale, AZ dental office today at (480) 405-0270 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Nielson.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells, made of layered porcelain, that Dr. Nielson custom designs to fit over your visible teeth. The doctor may place one veneer or several to completely transform your smile. Dr. Nielson will design your veneers to match the color and shape of your natural teeth so they blend in seamlessly with your smile.
He will forward his design to a reputable U.S.-based dental lab where certified technicians will use it to create your new veneers. The doctor will bond the custom-made porcelain shells to the front surface of your teeth. When he has placed the veneers you will have a hard time telling where they begin and your natural teeth end.
The porcelain used to create your veneers has translucent properties that mimic the way the enamel on your natural teeth reflect light, creating a beautifully natural appearance. The porcelain will resist most stains, including those caused by wine, berries, and tobacco, eliminating the need for whitening treatments. Porcelain provides unparalleled strength and security to your smile and, with proper care, your veneers should last 20 years or longer.
In the past, many doctors turned to dental crowns when restoring discolored or damaged teeth. Dr. Nielson feels that porcelain veneers offer a fantastic alternative to these bulky restorations when it comes to restoring smiles. Like crowns, veneers can hide chips and stains, but Dr. Nielson can also design them wide enough to fill in gaps between teeth, and can even use them to correct mild misalignment.
Dr. Nielson can place veneers with only minimal preparation of the tooth, saving its natural structure, and still provide you with teeth in the shape and color you desire. Compared to many restorations, the doctor can perform the placement of veneers relatively quickly.
You may experience a short waiting period of up to two weeks while the lab creates the veneers, but once they arrive in our office, the doctor will have them bonded quickly and with very little, if any, discomfort to you.
How Will Porcelain Veneers Improve My Smile?
Dr. Nielson can use porcelain veneers to help address several common dental imperfections. Some of these issues include:
- Stains and Discoloration – While whitening treatments will eliminate most stains, some patients may suffer from intrinsic stains, which emanate from the inside of the tooth and respond poorly to conventional whitening treatments. Dr. Nielson can use veneers to cover these areas of discoloration, keeping the patient’s smile looking clean and white. Veneers also provide a whitening option for patients whose teeth may have a sensitivity to the bleaching agents used in conventional whitening treatments.
- Chipped Teeth – Occasionally patients bite into something hard, like an ice cube or a piece of hard candy, or they suffer a facial trauma, resulting in a chipped tooth. Dr. Nielson can place porcelain veneers over chipped teeth, improving their appearance. The strength of the porcelain will help prevent any further damage to the patient’s teeth.
- Worn Teeth – Teeth tend to become worn down with age, but some patients may experience a wearing down of their teeth related to other issues, such as bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, results in more worn teeth than just about any other dental issue, and can cause serious damage if left untreated. Some patients grind their teeth to the point of exposing nerves, which can cause extreme pain. Dr. Nielson uses veneers to cover teeth worn down due to bruxism, but he will probably initiate a discussion about a custom-fit night guard to prevent further grinding.
- Crooked, Uneven, or Misaligned Teeth – The doctor can place veneers to bring a feeling of symmetry to a mouth full of uneven teeth, and can use them to cover mildly crooked or misaligned teeth, improving their appearance and function. If a patient has severely crooked or misaligned teeth, the doctor may recommend orthodontic treatment rather than veneers.
- Gaps Between the Teeth – Dr. Nielson can design veneers that give teeth a wider or longer appearance, effectively filling in any gaps patients may have between their teeth.
Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If you struggle with any of the problems listed above, come to our Scottsdale dental office, where Dr. Nielson will conduct a thorough assessment to determine if veneers are right for you. Along with your cosmetic goals, he will consider the overall health of your teeth.
If you have untreated decay or gum disease, you will need to take care of it before the doctor will consider you as a candidate for veneers. After appropriate treatment, Dr. Nielson will reevaluate your candidacy. Dental erosion can also impact your ability to receive veneers.
Although the doctor offers conservative care, he will still need to reshape your teeth before placement. You must have enough dental enamel to undergo this process. If Dr. Nielson determines that veneers are not right for you, he will recommend an alternative treatment.
What Does the Placement Process Involve?
Placement of porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to our office over a period of about two weeks. You will begin the process by attending a consultation with Dr. Nielson. He will review your medical and dental records, and then perform a comprehensive oral exam to ensure that no other work needs completing before placing your veneers. When the doctor feels that you qualify as a candidate for veneers, he will begin preparing your teeth.
To prepare your teeth, Dr. Nielson will remove just enough enamel from the surface of each tooth to allow the veneer to fit correctly, without feeling bulky in your mouth. He will then take impressions of your teeth, which he will use to create a wax model of your mouth. Using the wax model, the doctor will create a mockup of your new veneers and give you a preview of what your smile will look like after he places them.
When you and Dr. Nielson feel comfortable with the way the model looks, he will send the impression, along with his design for your veneers to a reputable offsite dental lab, where technicians will begin fabricating your new veneers.
When the veneers arrive in our office about two weeks later, you will return to the office to have them permanently placed. Dr. Nielson will place the veneers on your teeth and check to make sure they fit well and allow proper occlusion. He will make any necessary adjustments, then clean, polish, and etch your teeth in preparation for bonding. This helps the veneer bond to the tooth better.
The doctor will apply a strong, yet safe dental cement to each veneer and place them on your teeth. When satisfied with their position, he will use a curing light to activate and harden the cement, permanently bonding the veneers in place.
Call Us Today
To learn more about porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nielson, call our Scottsdale, AZ dental office today at (480) 405-0270.