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Porcelain Veneers – Portland, OR

Covering Cracks, Gaps, and Stains

Veneers are very thin wafers of porcelain, which are bonded to your natural tooth structure.  These can reshape the contours of the tooth (or teeth) and can change the color and length of the teeth.  It is a marvelous option for those who want a minimally invasive, long-term way to get a beautiful smile. If you’ve been thinking of making extensive corrections to your teeth, feel free to contact Advanced Dental Arts today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Teasdale and learn more about porcelain veneers.

Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW for Porcelain Veneers?

  • High Quality Porcelain Restorations
  • Addressing Several Flaws at Once
  • Stain-Resistant Material

Who is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

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When considering any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to figure out exactly what corrections are being made. Veneers are extremely versatile and can be used to help patients suffering from any of the flowing cosmetic issues:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth (that are otherwise healthy)
  • Severe stains that don’t respond to whitening
  • Small gaps
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that appear to be too short

Because they can be used in so many different situations, veneers are usually suggested when a patient wants to make multiple corrections. The number of veneers you’ll receive depends largely on the changes desired and the number of teeth that are visible whenever you smile.

Since your teeth can still decay even after veneers have been placed, it’s important for you to be in good oral health before the procedure. We will need to treat any cavities or gum disease present in your mouth before moving forward with the treatment.

The Process of Getting Veneers

Porcelain veneers

First, we will need to thoroughly examine your mouth and take X-rays in order to determine whether porcelain veneers are suitable in your case. Once we’ve properly begun the process, we’ll remove a small amount (usually about half a millimeter) of enamel from the appropriate tooth or teeth. This is done to make room for the veneers. We can then take an impression of your smile so that a dental lab can use it to create your veneers.

It normally takes at least one to two weeks for your permanent veneers to be made; you’ll wear temporary versions during this time.

Once the veneers are ready, you’ll return for a second appointment. Dr. Teasdale will make any necessary adjustments to the fit and color of the veneers at this time. He can then roughen the surface of the tooth before attaching the veneers with a special cement that’s hardened by ultraviolet light.

Benefits of Veneers

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  • Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance while also hiding multiple flaws at once.
  • The porcelain used to make your veneers is well-tolerated by the gums, and it tends to be very resistant to stains.
  • We can color your veneers so that they match your other teeth.
  • Compared to crowns that cover the entire tooth, veneers are much more conservative and don’t require as much shaping of the tooth.

Alternatives to Veneers

Porcelain veneers on teeth

If your teeth already have larger fillings, suffer from deep decay, or need to be repositioned or rotated, then perhaps an all-porcelain crown may be the better option.  Because they cover the entire tooth, crowns often allow for a more ideal restoration.  And because we can use a different type of porcelain, full crowns are often stronger than veneers and can be oriented to absorb greater biting forces.

Crowns have many uses and essentially give us full control over the tooth position, shape, and contours, and esthetics. They can even be the basis for restorations like bridges that can replace a missing tooth. With beautiful, strong, and natural-looking results that will last over the long-term, who could ask for anything more?