Porcelain Veneers

At iTooth Family Dentistry, watching patients discover a brilliant new smile highlights our days. Veneers can transform a smile dramatically, sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” A set of veneers can correct chips, stains, and even deeply discolored teeth. But they can also alter the length and size of teeth, or help teeth that seem rotated suddenly appear straight. While it sounds dramatic, only the stunning visual outcome is surprising. Veneers provide a highly conservative approach to esthetic smile makeovers.

Veneers display the ultimate in dental art and science, handcrafted and customized to fit your smile. Like a contact lens, these paper-thin pieces of porcelain bond to the outside of your natural teeth. But don't be fooled by the thin characteristics of this material. Many unique features can be incorporated into the ceramics, replicating any look you want to create.

While veneers provide a conservative way to repair bad teeth, the steps behind the process require a high level of training to produce accurately. So what's involved in bringing a smile like this to life?

Good Planning Paves The Way

Careful planning of your veneers is vital to a successful outcome. Models, photographs, and digital x-rays allow you and Dr. Robbins and to create a perfect blueprint to direct your case from start to finish. Like all successful projects, this planning cannot be compromised. They will consider your input and incorporate your desires into your veneer case, from color, to shape, and a number of other factors.

The Next Steps

Once Dr. Robbins plans your case, usually two appointments leave you with a stunning new smile. At the first visit, an impression is taken of your teeth and given to a specialized lab and master lab technician to create the masterpiece of what your final veneers will look like. 

Delivering The Magic

At the second visit, the teeth are gently prepared to allow for the ultra-thin porcelain to be crafted from the wax-up, which is transferred to the mouth to mimic the veneers.  It is then scanned using a CAD/CAM (CEREC) machine and recreated for milling of the veneers.  Dr. Robbins will try in each veneer and evaluate the appearance and fit, giving you an opportunity to preview the new look.  He will then go through several precise steps to bond the thin veneers to the outer surface of your teeth, creating an incredibly strong bond between tooth and porcelain.  Minor adjustments to your bite and a final polish will leave you with a smile that may have you wondering why you waited so long to find iTooth Family Dentistry!