Veneers — They’re Not Just for Ikea

Most people are familiar with veneers in furniture production. The production can use lesser quality wood underneath, placing a thin veneer of high quality wood over the top.

The same can be done with your teeth by Dr. Miller.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded onto the front of the teeth to cover chips, gaps, irregular sizing, discoloration, and other imperfections. Fixing these issues with other options such as crowns, orthodontics, repeated whitening, and other remedies can take months and be very expensive.

Or, you could just cover up the problems, but in a good way. Porcelain veneers are that cover-up.

Porcelain veneers are exactly as their name implies — veneers. Like a veneer tabletop that covers lesser wood used to build the piece, porcelain veneers cover up underlying dental problems, without necessarily addressing them. 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.

Porcelain VeneersIn the process of considering veneers, Dr. Miller will examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy and aren’t in need of any treatments. Any issues such as decay or gum disease need to be addressed before you can begin the veneer process. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, not a restorative one.

The first step in the veneer process is to take ½ millimeter of tooth enamel off the front of each tooth that will receive a veneer. Removing the enamel makes room for the veneers and also provides a better surface for the veneers to adhere to. After the enamel is removed, Dr. Miller will make a mold/impression of your teeth. This provides the blueprint for the dental lab to create your custom-made veneers, which usually takes about a week. While your veneers are being fabricated, we apply temporary veneers to cover your exposed teeth.

When your completed veneers have been delivered to our office, you come in for your second appointment. Dr. Miller first checks the veneers to see that they fit properly and that the color matches your surrounding teeth. Once 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. And then you’re ready to show the world your beautiful new smile.

If you have imperfections on your teeth, but want an easier solution, dental veneers could be the answer. Call us at 503-640-9310 to make an appointment.

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