Veneers are ultra-thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. They are wonderful for fixing teeth that are significantly discolored, chipped, pitted, malformed, or crooked, or if you have unwanted spaces. In certain situations, a change in upper lip fullness and balance can be obtained by placing porcelain laminate veneers on your four front teeth. Dr. Vickers has performed many transformations using this cosmetic procedure and uses the same lab seen in televisions Extreme Make-Over series.
Unlike crowns or caps, porcelain laminate veneers don’t require the removal of much tooth structure. Veneers are created in a dental laboratory from an impression taken in the dental office. During the first visit, Dr. Vickers takes impressions and the color is matched using a shade guide. On your second visit Dr. Vickers has a Wax Up of the final result made by the lab. If this meets your approval your teeth are reduced a bit. Then the teeth are fitted with temporaries made from this wax up for you to wear while the veneers are being created at the lab. Then the veneers are bonded directly onto your teeth and polished to a natural, aesthetic smile. Veneers are stronger and have a longer life than bonding which is not done much anymore, but the process requires more time. Treatment may take two or more office visits to complete and will last for up to 15 years.