Porcelain Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic procedures offered by today’s cosmetic dental professionals.
Porcelain veneers are essentially thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the outside surface of the teeth and in many cases require little to no reduction of the natural tooth structure.
These veneers can be used to fix a variety of imperfections including staining, chips, cracks, erosions, developmental imperfections and even minor misalignments.
Dr. Mee is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has had extra education in cosmetic dental procedures. He implements a smile design process unique to each of his patients to develop a treatment plan that is ideal for that particular patient.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers:
- In many cases limited to no preparation is required and in some cases anesthetic may not be required
- Relatively quick; requiring 3-4 visits over a time span of about 3 weeks
- Restores esthetics to chips, cracks, short teeth, stains, spaces, misalignment and many other dental imperfections.
- Custom made for every individual for optimum esthetic results
- Materials are very durable, resistant to staining and appear extremely natural
The initial visit requires full diagnostic work up including exam, X-rays and cleaning. Also, elimination of any decay, periodontal disease, oral hygiene problems and any other active disease is required to ensure best results possible.
The consultation is the most important step of the process; patients are encouraged to bring photos and any other information that could help them work through the smile design process with Dr. Mee.
Many photographs are taken for documentation and communication with the dental lab. Impressions are made so the dental lab can then make a diagnostic wax up of the final result.
Trial smile visit
The diagnostic wax up is shown to the patient and if they approve the minimal preparations can be initiated. After the preparations of the tooth surfaces are completed an impression will be made to send to the ceramist at the dental lab.
Then the trial smile temporary is fabricated on the teeth for the patient to try for the next few weeks and any adjustments that need to be made will be done at this time before the final veneers are bonded in place.
Try-in and Cementation
At this appointment the porcelain veneers are ready to try in the mouth. The temporary trial smile is removed and each individual veneer is tried in to check the fit and the esthetics. The patient will have the opportunity to check and discuss with Dr. Mee whether or not they feel they are ready for cementation.
Once the final checks are completed the veneers are ready to be bonded to the teeth with a light cured resin material. All excess material is cleaned and the bite and function is checked again.
In just a few office visits, you can improve a range of dental issues with porcelain veneers. These effective treatments are made to both look and feel natural and are made of high quality material that can last for decades.
Porcelain dental veneers can improve a number of dental issues and help you feel great about your smile. Please contact Citrus View Dental for more information, or to schedule an appointment.
New to Citrus View? Our dentists practice in Redlands at 5 E Citrus Ave #201, Redlands, CA 92373, on the corner of Citrus Ave and Orange St in beautiful downtown Redlands.
Dr. Mee Affiliations
Dr. Mee is recognized by the California Dental Association®, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®, the American Dental Association®, the Tri County Dental Society and the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.