If you are unhappy with your smile due to stains, minor chips, and cracks, or small gaps in your teeth, veneers can give you your confidence back! Dr. McCue has advanced training in planning and smile design of esthetic restorations like veneers. At McCue Dental Health, we will plan every aspect of your treatment to make sure your veneer shape, length, shade, and position perfectly match your face shape, proportion and need for lip support.
Veneers are a big decision, and Dr. McCue’s methods allow you to see what your teeth will look like well before your treatment is finished. Dr. McCue does this by taking advanced diagnostic records and photographs. We keep you well informed throughout the whole process and make sure you feel that you are in the driver seat of your dental health.
What are Veneers?
A veneer is similar to a crown in that it covers part of the tooth and is made of porcelain, but a it can be made very thin (as little as .3 mm!) because a strong tooth underneath supports it. Veneers are used for aesthetic or functional changes to tooth color, position or shape where the tooth itself hasn’t broken down. Veneers are beautiful and make an instant difference for patients that need them. Because they are bonded to the tooth and incredibly thin, veneers can often be completed with minimal reshaping of the underlying tooth. You get to keep your tooth, it’s simply a better version!
Step 1: Initial Consultation
If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, the first step is to consult with Dr. McCue to see if this cosmetic treatment is the right choice for you. Veneers can treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues, such as:
- Gaps in teeth
- Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
- Major tooth stains
- Minor chips and damage to teeth
- Small or misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are pointy or otherwise unappealing
If you mostly suffer from these issues, veneers could be the best way to restore your smile. However, if you have more severe tooth alignment issues, you may be in need of a different treatment, such as Invisalign, before you can have veneers applied.
Veneers should not be used to restore damaged or infected teeth. If you have one or more teeth that have been damaged, crowns may be required to restore and preserve tooth structure. During your initial consultation, Dr. McCue will ask you about your smile goals, examine your mouth, and help you determine if veneers are the best way to restore your smile.
Step 2: Preparation And Imaging
Once you are approved for veneers, Dr. McCue will prepare your teeth by removing a very thin layer of enamel from each tooth that will be treated. This enamel layer is equal in thickness to the veneers that will be placed, and it is removed to ensure a perfect fit. This process is performed with a local numbing agent, to ensure you stay comfortable.
After this, molds and images of your teeth are taken by Dr. McCue. You’ll be sent home with a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth, and you’ll come back in 2-3 weeks when your veneers arrive at our office.
Step 3: Your Veneers Are Built
While you’re waiting for your next appointment, Dr. McCue will work with an outside dental lab to develop your porcelain veneers. Each one will be manufactured according to his instructions, and built to match your surrounding teeth. They are custom made to look completely natural and fit perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Step 4: Veneer Application
Once Dr. McCue has received your veneers, our team will contact you to schedule your next appointment. At this appointment, Dr. McCue will check your veneers for proper color, fit, and finish. Some minor adjustments may be made, if necessary.
Then, your teeth will be cleaned to prepare them for veneer application. Dr. McCue applies a specialized type of dental cement to the tooth, and each veneer is applied. Ultraviolet light is used to harden the cement, and then your new veneers will be buffed and polished, completing the procedure.
Step 5: Care And Follow-Up
Your veneers do not require any lengthy recovery time, as the procedure is non-invasive. You can eat and chew normally within hours of the procedure.
Usually, veneers will last somewhere between 10-15 years with proper care. To care for your veneers, just brush and floss your teeth normally, and see Dr. McCue for regular 6-month oral exams and teeth cleanings, to ensure that your mouth is healthy.