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What to expect with porcelain veneers

Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry during which a professional can help patients in enhancing and rejuvenating the appearance of their smiles. One popular cosmetic procedure is that of the porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that a dentist will bond onto the front of a tooth to cover imperfections. Veneers are readily available at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND, and many patients have questions about how they work.

What to expect with porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers require a few appointments to complete from start to finish. During the first visit, patients will consult with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen about the imperfections of the smile they’d like to address. If the dentist feels as though porcelain veneers are appropriate for achieving the desired results, they will perform an evaluation to decide if the patient is a good candidate. Patients will then schedule a visit during which the tooth is filed down and roughened to help the veneer adhere to the tooth. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory where a ceramist fill fabricate the final veneer. Patients receive a temporary porcelain veneer over the prepared tooth to protect it until the new restoration arrives at the dental office. Then patients return for the removal of the temporary and the bonding of the final porcelain veneer. The entire process can take anywhere from two to four weeks, but the veneer itself can last anywhere from 10-20 years with proper care and attention.

Do porcelain veneers look natural?

Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain for a reason: this material closely resembles the appearance of a natural tooth. The ceramist who fabricates the porcelain veneer will use information from the dentist regarding the final shape, size, and color of the veneer to ensure it blends in with the smile.

Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

The best way to determine candidacy for veneers and other restorative treatments at Broadway Family Dentistry is to book an appointment with one of our dentists, including Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Call our Minot, ND area practice at (701) 839-1299 to request a consultation visit with our team and find out if you are a candidate for veneers or other cosmetic restorations available at our facility.