Dental Veneers in Cincinnati

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are a conservative, minimally invasive way to improve the appearance of stained, misshapen, damaged or misaligned teeth. These ultrathin restorations are simply a replacement for enamel that has been worn or damaged over time. Imperfections are masked by strong, thin porcelain or composite resin shields that are bonded to the front of your existing teeth. Very little to no natural tooth structure is altered during this procedure, which means that they do not damage teeth, and actually make them more resistant to wear and will not stain over time.

Who is a Candidate?

Veneers are most commonly done on the front four to eight teeth to evenly blend the improved contours of your smile. Our doctors are meticulous in communicating with each individual patient on what they wish to achieve with their smile. Your teeth can be lengthened, made to look fuller in contour, and a wide variety of natural colors offer you the ability to create the smile of your dreams. Once in place, veneers hide tooth stains that did not respond to teeth-whitening techniques, chips and other flaws.

How We Create the Perfect Fit

Using computer modeling, the experienced Cincinnati dentists of Pearce Dental Group will create a veneer that is an ideal match for the color and thickness of your existing teeth. Veneers are stronger than your teeth, but look just as natural. In the case of porcelain veneers, the material resists stains. Lovers of coffee, tea or red wine no longer need to worry about repeated teeth whitening procedures to maintain the brilliance of a smile. With composite resin veneers, patients are advised to avoid certain foods that may cause discoloration.

Dental Veneer Procedures

Porcelain Veneers

To make room for a porcelain veneer, and to firmly attach the veneer to the surface, some of the natural tooth may need to be modified at the start of the procedure. This is a simple process that is done with local anesthetic, and often patients will elect to have nitrous oxide or sedation with a medication similar to valium. The procedure usually takes two hours and is followed up by a visit two to three days later for insertion of the permanent veneers. A temporary set of veneers that are custom designed by our doctors will be worn during this transition to help give a glimpse of what the final veneers will look like.

Composite Resin Veneers

For patients who prefer a temporary and less expensive option to improve the appearance of teeth, composite resin veneers or dental bonding may be appropriate. With both of these options, the structure of the tooth is not always modified; composite material is bonded to the tooth in a quick process that can later be reversed, if desired. During a composite resin veneer or bonding procedure, your dentist carefully applies a tooth-colored material that can be sculpted into any shape or size. After application of a high-intensity light to harden the material, each tooth is polished to a dazzling brilliance.

Composite resin veneers can often be attached to the teeth in a single day. Porcelain veneers are fabricated by our world-class laboratory and require a follow-up office visit. Composite resin is not as durable as porcelain, lasting an expected five to seven years. By contrast, porcelain veneers should last 20+ years.

Contact Us for a Dental Appointment

To learn more about porcelain or composite resin veneers, schedule an appointment at the Cincinnati office of Pearce Dental Group today.