Cosmetic Dentistry in Lehi, UT
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
What Issues Can Veneers Correct?
Veneers are ideal for treating a number of cosmetic dental issues. These include:
- Weakened or dulled tooth enamel
- Normal wear and tear
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Discoloration that cannot be treated with professional teeth whitening or other color balancing treatments
- Small gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Minor alignment problems
The Veneers Procedure
During your first visit, we will take X-rays of your mouth and create a plan to reach your dental goals. Dr. Harris offers a variety of anesthesia and sedation options, which we will discuss to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during treatment.
The total veneer process takes about 2 months and includes two visits to our office. For porcelain veneers, we will make an impression of your teeth and the veneers will be professionally fabricated in a dental laboratory. While the veneers are being made, we may provide you with temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
When your final veneers are ready, you will return to our office to have them placed. Veneer placement is a non-invasive, comfortable procedure. Some patients may require local anesthesia, but otherwise this treatment generally does not require deeper sedation.
Dr. Harris will reshape the natural tooth with a device called a bur. Reshaping ensures the veneers will fit properly on top of the teeth. The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth using a special dental adhesive. Composite resin veneers require a special light to harden the material, while most porcelain veneers do not. Once the adhesive dries, your beautiful smile is ready for you to enjoy.
To care for your veneers, practice good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. We may recommend a night guard to wear while you sleep to protect your veneers. Dr. Harris may advise against certain foods that could damage the veneers, such as carrots or other very hard foods. If you ever have questions about your veneers, please contact our office. We are always happy to assist you.
Types of Tooth Veneers
At Vero Dental, we offer two different kinds of dental veneers: prepless veneers and traditional porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are made of several thin ceramic layers bonded together into a strong shell. Dr. Harris will remove a small amount of your tooth enamel to make room for porcelain veneers and bond them in place with light-sensitive resin.
Prepless or no-prep veneers are also made of porcelain but Dr. Harris doesn’t need to remove as much enamel (if any) to prepare them for bonding. Both types are durable and create a stunning, pearly-white smile, but prepless veneers are minimally invasive, preserving your natural tooth enamel.
Which Type of Dental Veneer Is Right for Me?
“Love my new veneers! I love my new smile. I really can’t stop smiling. Dr. Harris was so open to listening to what I wanted! I wanted a natural color and I wanted people to think they were my teeth! Now when I tell people I have veneers they usually are so surprised they aren’t my teeth. Thanks for making my dream smile a reality Dr. Harris!”