Don’t Waste the Porcelain on China, Give It to Your Teeth!

porcelain veneersWhile everyone wants to have straight, evenly matched, bright white teeth, very few people naturally have them. For whatever reason — be it bad genes, early antibiotics as a kid, tooth damage, or even severe stains — most people either have gaps between their teeth, chipped teeth, teeth of uneven sizes, badly discolored teeth, or other cosmetic issues.

What to do? Break out the porcelain — not the china that is collecting dust in the cabinet, porcelain veneers from Dr. Miller.

Fixing those above-mentioned problems can be quite costly and would involve many different procedures. But you can cover up your problems, in effect, with porcelain veneers. And while a cover-up didn’t do much for Richard Nixon, in the dental world it can make all the difference.

As their name implies, porcelain veneers are thin porcelain overlays that are bonded onto the fronts of your teeth effectively covering up any flaws and presenting a perfect smile to the world.

After Dr. Miller has examined you to be sure your teeth are healthy enough for veneers (any problems such as decay must be rectified prior to having veneers applied), it’s on to the procedure. First, he shaves off ½ millimeter of tooth enamel from the front of each tooth that will receive a veneer. Why? This has a twofold purpose. It makes room for the veneer, and it makes a great bonding surface on the tooth for the veneer to adhere to. Next, we take impressions of your teeth. We send those impressions off to our preferred dental lab for fabrication of your veneers. While your veneers are being created, Dr. Miller places temporary veneers onto your teeth.

You return to our offices when your veneers are finished, usually in a week or two. Dr. Miller first checks the fit and color match. Once he and you are satisfied, we clean and polish your teeth. Then Dr. Miller cements the veneers onto your teeth, removes any stray cement and shaves off any protruding areas.

Now you’re ready to show the world your dazzling new smile, and it only took a single visit.

If you want to know more about porcelain veneers, call us at 503-640-9310.

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