Veneers & Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers in Sherwood Park

Reasons for Veneers

Imagine having the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of! It may be easier than you think to make this dream a reality with the use of dental veneers. As one of today’s most popular dental procedures … dental veneers made of porcelain or dental resin are basically a long term solution to restoring many years of natural wear on your teeth.

Through modern dentistry, there are a variety of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Regular dental care, including good oral hygiene and routine oral exams and cleanings, go a long way toward keeping teeth in tip-top shape. However, some things are beyond your control, and you may still be unsatisfied with the way your teeth look. Whether they are chipped, stained, irregularly shaped or have other cosmetic flaws, dental veneers may be the answer.

What are porcelain veneers?

At Austin City Dental, we consider porcelain veneers to be some of the ultimate tools of cosmetic dentistry. These thin, sculpted layers are applied to the front of the teeth. The porcelain veneers before and after effect can be dramatic, improving the position, size, color, and shape of your teeth while maintaining a natural sheen and translucency.

Porcelain is also harder than tooth enamel, so it resists wear and staining. In fact, veneers do not discolor with age like natural teeth. Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.

All porcelain veneers are custom-fabricated and can provide permanent esthetic results in just two appointments. Dr. Steven D. Cook is an expert in the placement, design, and coloration of veneers, so your veneers before and after will look just like your natural teeth, only better. At Austin City Dental, we ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade!

Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

If teeth whitening isn’t a viable solution and you’d like to avoid having a crown placed, porcelain veneers may be something to consider. Unlike teeth whitening, veneers don’t actually remove stains from the teeth; they cover them up instead. They can also be used to successfully mask other flaws like small gaps between the teeth, discolored teeth, uneven teeth or misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers can’t be removed once they are placed because they are permanently bonded to the teeth. Therefore, you have to be willing to make a permanent change to the appearance of your smile.

What to Expect

The process of having veneers designed and placed is simple and straightforward. Before anything else can happen, you need to let your dentist know that you’re interested in veneers. This is an elective procedure, so it’s usually not something that is actually prescribed. During your next oral exam, mention your interest in veneers to your dentist.

A few steps you can expect to follow during the process include:

Initial Exam – At this appointment, your dentist will examine the affected teeth in order to send accurate information to the dental lab. X-rays, 3-D imaging and impressions may also be taken to ensure accuracy. This information will be sent to the lab, and your custom porcelain veneers will be created within about one to two weeks.

No Prep Veneers– Porcelain veneers can generally be placed in a single visit. The first step is preparing the affected teeth. The dentist may remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to eliminate misaligned teeth. The teeth will then be cleaned, polished and etched, which makes the surface rougher to facilitate more secure bonding.

Placement – Before applying the cement that will bond the veneers to your teeth, the dentist will place the custom veneers to ensure that they fit properly, He may need to trim or otherwise adjust the veneers, but this shouldn’t take long. Once the dentist is confident about the placement, cement will be applied and the veneers will be positioned. A hand-held light will then be used to permanently bond the veneers to the teeth.

Final Steps – Once the cement is completely hardened and the veneers are successfully bonded, the dentist will remove excess cement from the teeth and evaluate your bite. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to ensure the quality of the veneers, or your dentist may wait until your next regularly scheduled oral exam.

Once the process is complete, you can expect your veneers to last for several years. The appearance of your teeth will be improved instantly. Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, but you should still practice good oral hygiene. Come in for regular oral exams and follow your dentist’s advice as usual. You’re sure to love your new, flaw-free smile.

Veneers: where function and beauty converge

Although most people consider veneers a cosmetic dental procedure, they also serve a functional purpose by strengthening teeth previously weakened by cavities and fillings. Porcelain veneers are also less likely to stain than large white fillings. In fact, dental veneers are one of the most natural looking and long lasting smile restoration procedures available in dentistry today. Once completed your veneers will look and feel just like natural teeth.

Before & After

porcelain veneers before

porcelain veneers after