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Porcelain Veneers – Kittanning, PA

Perfecting Your Smile

Before and after porcelain veneers

If you find yourself envying the perfect smiles that you always see on movies or TV, you may be wondering how you can create your own picture-perfect smile. The answer could be a lot simpler than you think. Many of these celebrities are wearing dental veneers to mask the various chips, cracks, and stains that might have appeared on their teeth over the years. Thanks to veneers, even patients plagued by various imperfections can enjoy a star-worthy smile. If you have been thinking of having a smile makeover done, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Voller and learn more about the difference that veneers can make.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Illustration of three porcelain veneers placed on natural teeth

A veneer is a thin sheath of porcelain that is made to cover the front of the teeth. Each veneer is very thin – typically less than half a millimeter in thickness, about the same as a contact lens. A very small amount of enamel will need to be removed to make room for a veneer. Once in place, the veneer will hide a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including:

  • Stains from tetracycline or other forms of discoloration that might not respond to a whitening treatment.
  • Teeth that are visibly worn down.
  • Chips or cracks that don’t affect overall oral health.
  • Certain cases of misalignment.
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between the teeth.

The Procedure

Porcelain veneers being attached to teeth with dental instrument

Like all dental treatments, the first step to getting porcelain veneers is to have a consultation with Dr. Voller. This is crucial because it allows you to tell Dr. Voller exactly what you want your smile to look like. After a short oral exam, he will use digital imaging software to show you how your smile will look with veneers. He can make any adjustments you want at this time, and you can be confident that you’ll be getting exactly what you want.

At your second visit, Dr. Voller will prepare your teeth by removing a small portion of your natural enamel to create room for the veneers. He’ll then take an impression of your teeth and send it to his trusted laboratory ceramist. He’ll apply temporary veneers to wear at this time, giving you a chance to try out your new smile. If the fit or look isn’t what you want, he can easily adjust them.

When you return for your final appointment, Dr. Voller will securely place the veneers using a composite resin. He’ll check to make sure your teeth are coming together correctly and after that, you’re done! Your new smile is ready for the world.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Man with glasses sitting at computer and smiling

Making veneers out of porcelain improves their durability. They generally last around 10 years, although some can stay in the mouth for as many as 20. The material also closely resembles natural enamel in both color and light-reflecting capabilities. Also, because porcelain is less porous than enamel, it can resist stains much better so that you can maintain your new and improved smile more easily.