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Veneers



Rendering of jaw with porcelain veneer on toothVeneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom-fitted to be placed over a tooth with cosmetic defects. Veneers are the secret behind the blinding, million-watt smiles in Hollywood.

At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay can help to determine whether veneers are the right dental procedure for you and what things you need to consider before getting these restorations.

Uses of Veneers


Veneers can improve the color, shape, and size of your teeth. For people who have intrinsic stains which are resistant to teeth whitening, veneers are one of the best cosmetic options. Veneers can also be used to restore a chipped tooth and make it whole again. It is also effective in closing small gaps between teeth and to make a tooth that is slightly out of position appear in line with other teeth.

Veneers also provide a protective function as they can prevent further damage to teeth that are worn down.

Veneer Placement Procedure


At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, veneer placement may take two visits, unless the restoration is created in-office with CEREC technology. Here, we will define the steps that are required when placing a veneer created in a dental lab.

Veneer placement may be performed under local anesthesia. We will first clean your tooth and determine an appropriate shade for your veneer. Note that if you want to get your teeth whitened, you should do it before getting veneers placed; otherwise, you may end up with a mismatched set of teeth.

We will scrape off some surface enamel from your tooth so that it would be able to accommodate the veneers. The amount of enamel filed is equal to the thickness of the veneer.

An impression of your tooth will be made and sent to the lab where your permanent veneer will be made. Meanwhile, your exposed tooth will be protected by a temporary veneer.

Once your permanent veneer has been created, you will visit us for a second appointment. We will remove your temporary veneer and clean your tooth with water and some abrasive material. The adhesive is placed on the veneer and the restoration is cemented on your tooth.

The veneer is bonded with the use of curing light. We will trim off any excess material and polish your veneer until it shines like your natural teeth.

Pros of Dental Veneers


Dental veneers come with a lot of benefits:
•  Veneers make your teeth appear naturally bright and white.
•  The porcelain material is non-allergenic and does not irritate the gums.
•  Porcelain is much more stain-resistant than composite resin.
•  Veneers do not require as much removal of the healthy tooth structure as a crown.

Cons of Dental Veneers


You should also be aware of some of the downsides of veneers:
•  Since veneers require etching of the enamel, this process is irreversible, and the tooth will always need to be covered.
•  Veneers are more expensive than composite bonding.
•  Your tooth may initially be sensitive to heat or cold.
•  If your veneer cracks, it cannot be repaired. You will need to get it replaced.
•  Veneers cannot be whitened so if you plan to bleach your teeth, do it before getting fitted for veneers.
•  Veneers may break off if you bite your nails or chew on ice or other hard substances.
•  Veneers cannot prevent tooth decay.
•  Veneers can only last for 7 to 15 years. After this, you will need to get them replaced.

If you are considering using veneers, call us at (425) 738-8476 to schedule an appointment.