Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic procedure in which Porcelain is cemented to the facial aspect of one or more anterior (front) teeth.  Veneers are ideal for correcting a variety of esthetic issues including chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, discoloration and mild crowding.  Being made of Porcelain, Veneers create a beautiful three-dimensional esthetics and can be used for more major corrections than Bonding.  The majority of the tooth must be healthy and strong to support the esthetic covering, but less natural tooth structure is required than with Bonding.

The shade of Porcelain Veneers can be matched to a particular tooth for a single Veneer, or if the patient is looking to brighten their smile, a lighter shade may be selected for multiple teeth.  Since the shade is processed into the Porcelain, Veneers will hold their color and are much stronger than Bonding.  Although the patient should not abuse their new smile, they will not need to be overly conscious about what they bite into.  Veneers are a long lasting way to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Procedure

Veneers require a detailed exam and consultation, usually including diagnostic cast and a case Wax-Up by a trained Lab Technician.  The patient typically requires local anesthesia.  Tooth structure on the Facial (front), Incisal (biting edge), and Interproximal (between teeth) will need to be reduced to accommodate the thickness of the porcelain.  When crowded teeth are being Veneered to cosmetically correct their position, greater reductions may be required.

Once complete, a thin cord is place along the Facial portion of the tooth between the edge of the prep and the gingiva.  The Retraction Cord temporarily pushes the gingiva off the tooth so the impression material can flow below the gum line.  It is removed just prior to the impression.  An impression is made of the teeth and the opposing bite, and temporaries are made for the patient to wear while the lab is fabricating the final product.

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Next appointment, the patient returns for delivery.  At this time, local anesthesia will also be necessary.  The temporary Veneers are removed, and the prepared teeth are cleaned of cement and debris.  The Veneers are seated, and all aspects of their fit are checked by the Dentist.  The esthetics are approved by the patient.  The Veneers are then removed, and the tooth structure is treated with a Bonding Agent.  Special cement for Porcelain Veneers is used to permanently affix the Veneer to the tooth, without affecting the color of the Porcelain.  The area is cleaned of excess cement.

Porcelain Veneers do require removal of natural tooth structure, but the final product holds its color and is stronger than Bonding material.  Once delivered, the patient may brush, floss and eat normally, while enjoying a beautiful change to their smile.

Lumineers®

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Lumineers are porcelain Veneers that require little to no removal of tooth structure.  Lumineers are crafted with a new patented Cerinate Porcelain and produced through a proprietary process available only through the Cerinate Smile Design Studios.  This Cerinate Porcelain is as thin as a contact lens, but when backed by their Ultra-Bond Cement, it becomes very strong and highly break resistant under normal conditions.

Lumineers are a great breakthrough in Cosmetic Dentistry, and a terrific solution for cracked, discolored or misaligned teeth.  Unlike traditional Veneers, they can be cemented over old porcelain to bring new life to Crown and Bridge work.  In just several dental visits, Lumineers can provide a custom made smile.



Procedure

Initial records must be taken and sent to the Cerinate Smile Design Studios.  These include diagnostic impressions, x-rays and detailed photos of the patient's smile.  The Design Studio will mark any minor areas on the Diagnostic Cast where enamel reduction is needed.  Typically, the reduction is done without anesthesia, but it is available at the patient's request.

After the enamel adjustments are made, the master impression is taken and sent back to the Cerinate Smile Design Studios.  Typically, no temporaries are needed because the amount of tooth reduction is minimal.  Once fabricated, the Lumineers arrive back at our office in a sealed box, not to be opened until time of delivery.

Next visit, the teeth are pumiced clean, and a Gingival Dam is painted onto the gum line, protecting it from chemical contact.  A mild etching solution is placed on the enamel.  This solution roughens the surface microscopically which allows for a stronger bond between the tooth and the Lumineer.  A Bonding Agent is then placed on the tooth and the internal surface of the Cerinate Porcelain.  Ultra-Bond Cement is used to affix the Lumineer to the tooth, and Ultra-Violet light sets the material solid.  Excess cement is removed, and the Dentist makes sure that the adjacent teeth have not bonded together.

Unlike traditio in al Veneers, Lumineers by Cerinate do not require local anesthesia or the removal of healthy tooth structure.  Our Dentists apply the Lumineers over the existing tooth, transforming misshapen, worn teeth into beautiful smiles.  The shape and color of the teeth are custom selected for each individual case, giving the patient the smile they have always wanted.  Because Lumineers lay on the surface of the natural tooth, they appear slightly bulky at first.  On the day of delivery, the change to the patient's smile is sudden, but the new, brighter look soon becomes a natural part of the patient's esthetics.  Unlike traditional Veneers, Lumineers are totally reversible.  Although difficult, the Cerinate Porcelain can be removed if desired, back to the patient's original enamel.


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