Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made for shape and color. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
Severely discolored or stained teeth
Teeth that are too small or large
Unwanted or uneven spaces
Worn or chipped teeth
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
At Bass Lake Dental Cerec AC CAD/CAM with Bluecam technology is used to design and fabricate custom ceramic (porcelain) veneers. The process usually requires two appointments with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.
During the first visit the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the tooth surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A highly accurate impression or mold of the prepared teeth is taken and a model is then prepared. The model is coated with a thin layer of white powder and the 3D infrared Bluecam imaging camera is used to obtain an optical impression of each of the teeth that have been prepared for veneers. The optical impression is then uploaded to the Cerec computer and the dentist uses the 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to custom design individual veneers for each of the prepared teeth. After the design of each veneer is completed the CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) milling unit automatically mills each veneer from a ceramic block.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleaned with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between each tooth and its veneer and a special light beam is used to set the bond.