Porcelain dental veneers: a manicure for your smile
Veneers are wafer-thin custom-made porcelain shells that fit right over your own teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change their color, shape, size, or length.
Dr. Khoury can design veneers to cover gaps, lengthen stubby teeth, brighten dull or yellow teeth, and cover up chips, cracks, and other imperfections.
Dental Veneers are commonly used for teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken. It's also a perfect alternative for teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped or have gaps between them.
Veneers offer several advantages:
Provide a natural tooth appearance.
Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected to your teeth whiter
Offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to crowns
This first step involves scheduling a consultation with Oxford cosmetic dentist, Dr. Khoury. During this appointment Dr. Khoury will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you. He'll discuss alternatives if he believes that a different cosmetic solution would benefit you. If porcelain veneers are a viable option, the doctor will explain the procedure, provide an estimate, and schedule an appointment for the procedure.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, Dr. Khoury will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. You'll receive a local anesthetic for your comfort prior to the procedure. An impression of your tooth will be made. This model is sent to a dental laboratory, which will create your veneer. Once the Oxford Smile Center receives the veneers back from the laboratory, you will return to have it placed.
Dr. Khoury will place the veneer on your tooth and examine its fit and color. He will modify the veneer by trimming as needed to achieve the perfect fit. Color can be adjusted with proper shade of cement used to bond the veneer to your tooth. Once fitted, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched (this ensures a strong bond). The veneer is then placed on your tooth and bonded into place using a light beam. This beam activates chemicals in the cement causing it cure very quickly. Once the bonding process is complete, any excess cement is removed and Dr. Khoury evaluates your bite and makes any final adjustments, if necessary.