At White Pine Dental Care, your oral health is our number one concern, but we also understand the value of a beautiful smile. That is why we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including custom-made porcelain veneers. Among other concerns, veneers can conceal chips, cracks, and discoloration in your smile. The placement process is minimally invasive and involves negligible discomfort. At our Murray, UT, practice, we can often use CEREC® technology to create veneers in a single appointment. Additionally, we can provide LUMINEERS®, which are a thinner and completely reversible alternative to traditional veneers. One of our skilled dentists will conduct a comprehensive oral examination to determine the right cosmetic option for your health needs and aesthetic goals.
Are Porcelain Veneers a Good Option for You?
Veneers can address a number of concerns, including:
- Cracks that have not affected the strength of your teeth
- Stains, especially internal stains or those that are too severe for teeth whitening
- Minor misalignment, such as gaps or slightly overlapping teeth
- Worn edges or unusually small teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
Your teeth must be generally healthy if you are planning to enhance them with porcelain veneers. For example, if your enamel has started to wear away, your dentist may not be able to prep them for treatment. Additionally, teeth with previous fillings or current decay will not usually qualify for veneers because they will not be strong enough to support the restoration. Fortunately, in these cases, you will typically still qualify for dental bonding.
Today’s modern porcelain is more realistic than ever before. It comes in subtle color variations, and it has a realistic sparkle.
Thinner LUMINEERS are an alternative to traditional veneers. Because they do not involve enamel removal, they may also be a good option if you have sustained some dental erosion. At the same time, however, because they are thinner, they are also more translucent. Therefore, they may not be a good choice if you have very dark stains or if you are using veneers to close gaps in your smile.
Placing Porcelain Veneers
If your dentist determines that veneers are a good option for you, he or she will begin treatment by reshaping your teeth. Removing a thin layer of enamel will help the porcelain to rest flat against your teeth for a natural look. Typically, we use advanced CEREC technology to create veneers, so your practitioner will take digital impressions of your teeth. The resulting 3-D images will be much more accurate than traditional manual impressions. These images will be uploaded to our in-office milling machine, which can usually carve out your veneers in less than an hour.