Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns. Veneers can be the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. Discuss these options with your Dr. Carlin to get the best option for your situation.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long-lasting smile. When it comes to your front teeth, veneers are your best bet for both looks and strength to maintain your smile and eating ability. Simply stated, veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.  They are bonded onto the front of your teeth to create or maintain your beautiful and attractive smile.

Reasons to choose porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. You will receive care instructions for your new veneers at that time.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your porcelain veneers.


Part of cosmetic dentistry is making sure you are completely satisfied with your smile and tooth whitening can be the final touch.