Veneers may offer the perfect solution for stains, chips, and gaps in your teeth that are interfering with your smile. Dr. Nancy Aharon is a well-respected dentist and veneer expert who leads the dental care team at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile, providing family dental services to the communities of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, and nearby Pittsburgh. Dr. Aharon can help you decide if veneers will give you the beautiful smile you’re craving. Call today for an appointment or schedule your visit online.
Veneers are thin shells made from tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. They can correct the appearance of stained or chipped teeth and can be used to fill in gaps between your teeth or lengthen a short tooth so that it better matches the adjacent teeth.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Veneers crafted from porcelain resist stains better than those made from resin. Porcelain veneers also appear more natural as they mimic the light reflecting qualities of teeth better. Dr. Aharon can help determine which type of veneer best fits your expectations and circumstance.
Veneers are not permanent, but the procedure is irreversible because Dr. Aharon must remove some of the enamel from the tooth’s surface to make room for the veneer. They typically last anywhere from seven to 15 years, however, and are easily replaced.
Veneers are quite helpful when you have discolored teeth that won’t respond to typical whitening treatments. Teeth with extensive fillings, previous root canals, or stains due to medications such as tetracycline often don’t respond to even professional in-office whitening, or become blotchy and discolored when tooth-colored restorations show darker than the newly whitened teeth. Veneers are precisely colored to match your surrounding teeth.
Veneers also require less shaping than crowns and are typically well-tolerated by your gums. You might also consider veneers to address common structural or cosmetic issues such as:
The veneer process typically takes three office visits. It starts with a consultation, during which Dr. Aharon will do a thorough exam and discuss your goals and expectations. She’ll also advise you of other options to consider, if appropriate, such as dental bonding or a crown to reshape a tooth.
During the second visit, Dr. Aharon removes the required amount of enamel from your teeth and take molds or impressions of the affected tooth or teeth. These are sent to a dental lab where a technician constructs the veneers.
At your third visit, Dr. Aharon will make sure the veneers are a perfect fit before she permanently cements them to your teeth.