If minor imperfections make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, Dr. Robert Rebert, Jr. can enhance your smile with porcelain veneers. Veneers are a popular cosmetic option with a range of uses. They can mask stains, fill in gaps, or improve the appearance of misshapen teeth. To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, contact our practice in Metairie, LA, and schedule a consultation.
About Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of the teeth. While they have been used for decades, veneer materials and fabrication techniques have improved greatly in recent years. Today’s porcelain veneers capture the translucent sparkle of natural teeth, providing a realistic, beautiful result. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, or alignment of your teeth, porcelain veneers can transform your smile in just a couple of visits to our office over the course of about two weeks.
With proper care, veneers can last many years. Porcelain is strong and stain-resistant, making it an excellent material for most dental restorations.
Small imperfections can cause overwhelming feelings of self-consciousness. Veneers are a simple and effective solution that can help you feel proud of your smile and look your very best.
Placing veneers requires at least two visits. During your initial visit, a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure that you are completely comfortable during the preparation process. Next, Dr. Rebert will remove a small amount of enamel - roughly equal to the thickness of an egg shell - from the surfaces of the teeth you wish to treat. This prevents the veneers from looking bulky or overdone. Finally, we will take impressions of the teeth and place temporary veneers.
Dr. Rebert will also design the shape and color of your veneers during your first appointment. When creating the design specifications, he will take your facial contours and cosmetic goals into account. To help you feel more confident in your decision to have veneers placed, Dr. Rebert can create a wax-up model to show you exactly what your teeth will look like after treatment. With your input, we can then refine the appearance of your veneers.
When these details have been finalized, he will send the design specifications and impressions to a dental lab, where technicians will craft your custom veneers, which takes about two weeks.
When the veneers are ready, you can return to our office. After checking the fit and appearance of the veneers, we will attach them to the teeth with strong dental cement. Once the veneers are in place, you can enjoy the benefits of a more beautiful smile for many years to come.
Porcelain Veneer Candidacy
Most patients who wish to conceal minor dental imperfections are candidates for veneers. The best candidates:
- Are in good overall and oral health
- Understand that porcelain veneers must be eventually replaced
- Are willing to commit to good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, along with routine visits to the dentist for cleanings and exams