Dental veneers can be used to correct a variety of both dental health and cosmetic concerns, including misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, damaged teeth or stained teeth. Dr. Freano offers dental veneers, including porcelain veneers, to help patients achieve the smile they desire and improve overall dental health.
Porcelain veneers offer durable, stain resistant and permanent cosmetic treatments. these procedures are designed to blend in with your natural smile. Made from ultra-thin, translucent material, porcelain veneers enable Dr. Freano to address a variety of dental concerns. We work closely with patients to ensure the end result is comfortable, looks like your natural teeth, and is long-lasting.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
It is important that any underlying dental problems be diagnosed and addressed for any dentistry to provide lasting results, including porcelain veneers. As a practitioner of complete dentistry, Dr. Freano takes the time to analyze a patient’s entire occlusal system and look for imbalances that will compromise results.
Your dental procedure begins with a comprehensive dental exam and consultation with Dr. Freano to determine that porcelain veneers are the most suitable solution for you and discuss expected results.
The porcelain veneer procedure usually takes 2 to 3 visits to our Lexington dentist office. Dr. Freano will prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure. This creates room for the veneers to fit comfortably and securely in your mouth, and a rough surface for the veneers to grip.
Dr. Freano will send impressions of your teeth along with treatment specifications to a highly talented ceramist. The specialist will hand-fabricate each tooth veneer in a dental laboratory. It generally takes about 3 weeks for Dr. Freano to receive your final restorations.
At your final appointment, Dr. Freano will try the veneers on your teeth, and adjust them if necessary for a secure and comfortable fit. Then, he will cement them to your teeth for a permanent restoration. He will provide any specific long-term care instructions for maintaining your new smile.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
They typically last for about ten years. With proper care, and routine dental exams, you will not have to worry about replacing them periodically.
What if My Veneer Falls Off?
In the rare occasion that a veneer falls off, try to locate it and bring it in to our Lexington dentist office for replacement. Permanent veneers do not tend to just fall off or break unexpectedly. Very old veneers are prone to this issue. Tooth decay can contribute to a veneer falling off. For example, if it’s been a long time since you had your teeth checked and decay has eaten away at the natural tooth behind the veneer.
Should I Get Crowns Instead of Veneers?
It really depends on your situation. Veneers are more of a cosmetic dental treatment versus dental crowns. Crowns can effectively cover an entire tooth to seal out decay and deep stains. Veneers only cover the front of teeth. Your situation may not warrant an entire dental crown to be placed. Your dentist will recommend the best course of action, and help you compare your options.
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