Edward Lorents, DDS, is so confident in the quality and results of porcelain veneers that he chose them to enhance his own smile. At our Oklahoma City, OK, practice we use state-of-the-art computer software to design customized porcelain veneers, and then create your restorations in our onsite lab. Made of eggshell-thin porcelain, veneers can effectively conceal cracks, chips, discoloration, and other imperfections. They are suitable for teeth that show when you smile (typically front teeth), and can even conceal minor misalignment and small gaps. Dr. Lorents can usually complete the entire process, including design, preparation, fabrication, and placement, in less than 24 hours.
Are You a Candidate?
If you want to improve any of the following cosmetic concerns, veneers may be right for you:
- Discoloration that will not respond to teeth whitening
- Minor chips or tiny cracks
- Unusually shaped, small, or worn teeth
- Slight misalignment or gaps
To receive veneers, you must have sufficient dental enamel. Otherwise, Dr. Lorents may not be able to complete the preparatory treatment. If you do not qualify for veneers, he can usually recommend an alternative cosmetic procedure such as dental crowns or dental bonding.
Fabrication and Placement
To prep your teeth and ensure a secure fit, Dr. Lorents will first reshape the teeth that will receive veneers. This could be a single tooth, or you may choose to transform multiple teeth with veneers. After numbing the teeth, he will conservatively reshape them, removing a small layer of enamel. Then he will create virtual molds with a 3D imaging system. Manipulating the images with computer software, Dr. Lorents can design your restorations to match the shape of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are truly transformative. They can cover blemishes, giving you a younger, brighter, and more uniform smile.
Our onsite lab will fabricate your veneers according to Dr. Lorents’ instructions. Usually, the ceramists can finish them in 24 hours, allowing you to visit the next day to complete your treatment. During this appointment, we will lightly etch your teeth with a liquid solution. This will increase the surface area and create a stronger bond. Then he will coat your teeth in a bonding solution and composite, which will adhere the veneers to your teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are truly transformative. Once they are in place, they can fully cover blemishes, giving you a younger, brighter, and more uniform smile. Veneers are easy to maintain since they require nothing more than routine dental hygiene. However, you should avoid placing excessive pressure on your teeth and discontinue habits such as biting your nails or chewing ice.
Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are similar treatments that can address most of the same problems. Still, while bonding may be more suitable if you have compromised teeth, porcelain veneers offer distinct benefits. They are more natural-looking than the composite resin used in dental bonding.
Porcelain has a unique translucence and sparkle, making it almost identical to enamel. Also, veneers will usually last longer than dental bonding. We will evaluate your teeth and make a treatment recommendation based on your oral health, cosmetic desires, and budget.