Porcelain Veneers and Laminates

georgetown dentistry, veneer1Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-made, custom-fitted, and which are then bonded to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to correct minor tooth imperfections such as crooked, chipped, stained or discolored teeth, and to alter length or size of the teeth with minimal risk to your natural tooth structure. Porcelain veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining.

georgetown dentistry, veneer2Georgetown Dentistry’s highly-skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Roshan, will do a complete examination of your teeth to determine if porcelain veneers are the right solution for you. The procedure can usually be accomplished in two appointments after the initial diagnosis and treatment planning. At the first appointment, your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth, which requires removal of approximately half a millimeter of tooth structure, shaping the teeth, and then taking an impression. Dr. Roshan will also photograph your teeth to accurately record their color. You will spend approximately one or two hours with your cosmetic dentist at this appointment. The mold and photographs of your teeth are then sent to a laboratory where the porcelain veneers are fabricated by technicians who specialize in creating restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. While these are being prepared, Dr. Roshan will fabricate acrylic veneers which will be cemented to your teeth for approximately three weeks while the laboratory creates the final restorations.

georgetown dentistry, veneer3During the second visit, also about one or two hours, your cosmetic dentist will place the new porcelain veneers on the tooth surface to check their fit and judge the accuracy of the shade or color. To apply the porcelain veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.

During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you will return for a follow-up appointment with your cosmetic dentist.