Porcelain veneers placed at our Albuquerque practice are a fast and effective way to achieve a dazzling, symmetrical smile. Some dental imperfections, such as slight misalignment or small chips and cracks, do not compromise oral health and are not serious enough to warrant more intensive treatments such as orthodontics. Nonetheless, they can cause feelings of self-consciousness, making you feel reluctant to smile. Porcelain veneers provide excellent benefits for anyone whose healthy smile is affected by minor cosmetic issues. These thin porcelain shells are custom-crafted to fit onto the front surfaces of teeth, concealing any imperfections and creating a beautiful overall aesthetic enhancement. In as little as two visits to our office, we can transform your smile, helping you look - and feel - your very best. In some cases, a veneer may actually achieve the slight adjustment in your bite required to help you overcome TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Contact us today to learn more.
Porcelain Veneer Candidates
Porcelain veneer candidates include virtually anyone whose healthy smile has instances of:
- Small chips or cracks
- Isolated discoloration
- Minor, yet inconsistent spacing
- Teeth with an inconsistent shape or size
In some cases, patients suffering with TMJ disorder may need only a very slight adjustment in one area of the front, or most visible part, of their bite. For some patients, the placement of a porcelain veneer may achieve the adjustment needed to provide relief. It may also be used in conjunction with other restorations such as crowns and dental implants to achieve a properly balanced bite.
Placing Porcelain Veneers
Placing porcelain veneers requires two visits to our office over the course of two to three weeks. During your first visit, the tooth you wish to treat will be prepared. This involves removing a portion of tooth enamel from the front surface, equal to the thickness of an egg shell. Next, an impression of the prepared tooth is taken and sent to an offsite laboratory where technicians will create your custom veneer. The color of porcelain will be chosen according to your natural tooth color, and the veneer will be crafted to achieve a natural-looking appearance among your surrounding teeth.
During your second visit to our office, Dr. Kelly will permanently bond the veneer to the tooth. Finally, you can leave with a brilliant new smile that looks completely natural.
Porcelain Veneers and Teeth Whitening
Porcelain veneers can be combined with one or more treatments to achieve an even greater aesthetic enhancement. Most commonly, patients will undergo teeth whitening before having veneers placed, and then have the veneers colored to match their newly whitened teeth. This combination not only provides improved symmetry, but also a brighter smile.
The health of your smile is extremely important, but having pride in the appearance of your smile can also improve your quality of life. If minor imperfections in your smile have ever made you feel self-conscious, contact us today. Dr. Tim Kelly can help you achieve the brilliant, beautiful smile you have always wanted.
“We believe that every patient has infinite worth and should be treated with dignity and respect. We are dedicated to educating, creating awareness, and empowering people to make treatment choices that are consistent with their own beliefs, needs and desires.” Dr. Tim Kelly