Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile.

Veneers require a minimal amount of tooth reduction (approximately .5-.8 mm) and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for all aesthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.

Veneers are a fantastic way to fix front teeth. You can whiten your teeth, close spaces, and create a great smile. We can even do virtually “instant braces” to straighten crooked teeth.

  • Spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth

Have you ever wished you had better-looking teeth without all the hassle of braces (orthodontics) or crowns (caps)?

Now You Can!

Porcelain veneers may be the answer for instant orthodontics to straighten smiles, close spaces, reshape, and accomplish minor realignment of your teeth. You can even have that “Hollywood” smile you’ve always wanted.

Veneers are very thin and are bonded on the front of your anterior teeth. These veneers are about 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded to your teeth.

They have a “life-like” appearance with the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain (made by an expert dental laboratory) restorations can afford. Veneers have several advantages over crowns (caps). There is no “dark line” that is sometimes seen with older front caps. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance giving a natural, aesthetic look. Veneers do not require the more extensive removal of tooth structure that caps do, yet, they accomplish a lifelike aesthetic result.

Are you a candidate for Veneers?

Most patients with discolored, chipped, overlapped or spaced teeth can have veneers placed successfully. However, if you clench or grind your teeth, you may not be a candidate for veneers. If you have destructive habits like nail biting, chewing ice, or even smoking, veneers may not be for you. Dr. Glerum will discuss all your options at a no-charge consultation appointment.

How’s it done?

After a thorough discussion with us to establish just what you wish to accomplish AND establish what can or cannot be done, your first appointment usually involves some minor contouring of the front teeth and taking an impression of the teeth. Transitional (temporary) veneers are placed at this time. They are a preview of the great smile soon to follow! A follow up visit is made in a week or two. The results are instant and spectacular! Many times, we combine whitening with porcelain veneers to make that perfect smile.

If some front teeth are already badly broken down, we can place new all porcelain crowns combined with veneering and other cosmetic techniques. Usually, we can give that smile you have always wanted.

We utilize the highest quality porcelain and nationally renowned dental laboratories to create the highest quality veneers.

Before and after veneers

Some facts you might want to know
about Porcelain Veneers

Since they require approximately .5-.8mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are NOT considered a reversible form of treatment.

The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer is approximately two weeks.

Between your preparation visit and the insertion visit, some patients may have sensitivity to hot and cold. Your temporary veneers protect the teeth somewhat from undue sensitivity. However, some sensitivity is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the placement of your final Porcelain Laminate Veneers. While you are wearing your temporary veneers, we will thoroughly evaluate them, and make contouring changes if necessary. We will take photos of the temporary veneers to communicate the shade and shape to our lab. We take these extra steps to insure perfect results!

Your second visit, the insertion of your veneers, usually requires a small amount of anesthesia. The veneers are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a white light.

Dr. Glerum will closely examine your bite and function before, during and after your veneer treatment. It is vital to have a “balanced” bite to avoid future problems!

Once placed, your veneers are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile (pulling) strength. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to twist the laminate. Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or jelly apples is probably not a good idea. Do not use your teeth for anything except food! As with most things, common sense should prevail. TREAT YOUR TEETH LIKE JEWELS, NOT TOOLS!

Maintenance of Your
New Porcelain Veneers

The maintenance of your Porcelain Laminate Veneer is relatively simple. A few suggestions, however, are in order:

Please brush and floss as you would normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems. Once placed, Porcelain Laminate Veneers are typically the kindest restoration to the gum tissues that we currently have in our prosthetic armamentarium.

Be sure to visit our office every 3, 4 or 6 months as recommended to maintain the health of your veneers and your entire mouth!

We provide Porcelain Veneers to patients in Palm Beach County and Broward County, including the following areas:
  • West Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Lake Clarke Shores
  • Palm Springs
  • Greenacres
  • Wellington

  • Lake Worth
  • Atlantis
  • South Palm Beach
  • Lantana
  • Hypoluxo
  • Manalapan

  • Boynton Beach
  • Ocean Ridge
  • Briny Breezes
  • Gulf Stream
  • Delray Beach
  • Highland Beach

  • Boca Raton
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Hillsboro Beach
  • Lighthouse Point
  • Coconut Creek
  • Pompano Beach

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