Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of ceramic that are bonded to the front of your tooth to create a new smile. Porcelain veneers are used to change teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or are simply not cosmetically pleasing. Veneers can be made on a single tooth or on multiple teeth as needed, and may be the perfect solution for teeth that are chipped, discolored or slightly crooked.
When placing porcelain veneers, Dr. Shore will analyze your face shape, lip contours, gum line and skin tone to design the smile that looks best for you. If many of your teeth are too small, too short, crooked or discolored, veneers may be the best solution to dramatically change your smile.
Laser Gum Contouring
When planning veneers it is important to consider the gum tissues that “frame” your smile. Often the gum line can be uneven and disproportionate. Dr. Shore can easily alter these tissues using the latest techniques in laser dentistry, highlighting your beautiful new smile.
Veneers require planning and records before any treatment is started. We take impressions and photos of your teeth in order to determine what the final veneers will look like. After the planning is done, the procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. If laser gum contouring is needed we will do it at this appointment. Once we have shaped the tooth, we will take an impression. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While the new veneers are created, we will provide you with temporary veneers. Our temporary veneers will resemble your new veneers so that you can get an idea of what your beautiful new smile will look like.
During your next visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restorations. The veneers will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new teeth feel exactly like your natural teeth. The final step in the process will be to bond the new veneers into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
Veneers Before and After
If you would like to see before and after photos of veneer procedures by Dr. Stefanie Shore, visit our Smile Gallery.