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Porcelain Veneers Tigard, OR

Closeup of Porcelain Venner before it's applied to a tooth at Tigard Dentist Lisa Gitelson, DMD.It can be tough to smile when you don’t like the way your teeth look. For this reason, we here at Lisa Gitelson, DMD offer porcelain veneers to our patients. With porcelain veneers, we can fix just about any cosmetic problem you may have, from crooked to damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers offer you the ability to alter your smile in any way. They are permanent, long lasting, and a great way to give you confidence in your smile.

The application of dental veneers is a simple cosmetic procedure that can have a dramatic effect. With veneers, we can give the appearance of perfect teeth, covering imperfections. Patients who are seeking a beautiful, professional looking smile and wanting quick results, will find that dental veneers can provide them that smile. Our staff at Lisa Gitelson, DMD can review your teeth, and make recommendations whether you are looking to cover one tooth or all visible teeth.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that we craft to fit over the front and sides of your teeth. They act as the new “face” of your teeth. Because porcelain is a very durable material that mimics the look and feel of natural teeth quite well, it does a fantastic job of making your smile look great. On top of that, porcelain resists staining and fading much better than natural teeth, which means you can count on them to remain beautiful for years to come.

Reasons for Porcelain Veneers

People get porcelain veneers to fix a wide variety of cosmetic dental issues. They are used to:

•  Help Teeth Look Straighter: Teeth that are crooked, misshapen, or misaligned can instantly appear straighter with dental veneers. Other options such as braces can take months or even years, veneers give you a look you want in two office visits.
•  Close Up Gaps: Patients can grow self-conscious of gaps between their teeth, veneers can be used to close gaps, perfecting your smile. Veneers can be used to fix spacing issues, so if your teeth are too crowded, or too far apart we can alter the gaps using veneers.
•  Cover Chips and Fractures: Teeth can become chipped or broken, we can cover the damage and help your teeth look perfect.
•  Cover Stains: Some stains cannot be whitened away. The intrinsic stain is a discoloration of the inner tooth, and they will not go away with whitening. Patients who suffer from discoloration can give their teeth a whiter, brighter appearance with dental veneers.
•  Alter Size of Teeth: Veneers are great at altering the size of teeth, for example, if your teeth appear too small we can give them veneers to make them appear larger.

If you have an issue with the way your smile looks, porcelain veneers have the ability to fix your smile.

The Process of Having Porcelain Veneers Placed

It usually requires two trips to our office to place porcelain veneers. First, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, some patients may want a single veneer, some may want multiple, and some may be looking to cover all visible teeth, which is generally the front eight, four on top and four on the bottom. We will create a treatment plan that is specific to you and your needs.

Standard veneers require the tooth to be reduced in size to fit the veneer. During the first visit we will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by shaving off a portion of the outer enamel. This means that the changes done to the enamel are permanent. This leaves your teeth a little bit smaller than they originally were. This is essential to ensure that the thin strips of porcelain don’t appear too large to be your real teeth. Once your teeth have been prepared to receive the veneers we will take an impression of them. This impression will be used to create custom fitted porcelain veneers.

Before leaving, we will place a temporary veneer to cover the work we performed. Today, there are also options for dental veneers that can be placed with little to no preparatory work. These no-prep veneers are known as Lumineers, and they come with their pros and cons, which we are happy to discuss with you. Your dental impressions are sent to a dental lab for fabrication, and we will contact you when they are ready.

During your second trip to our office, we will have the finished porcelain veneers and we will place them on your teeth. Each veneer will be applied to your teeth with a special dental adhesive. Once we have the veneers positioned on your teeth perfectly, we will set them in place permanently by using an ultraviolet light that hardens the dental adhesive. Your veneers are durable and should last you many years if cared for properly.

Porcelain Veneer Care

Taking good care of your veneers is important. It’s ok to treat them as you would your natural teeth but refrain from chewing very hard objects like ice. Because the porcelain is so thin, there is a risk of cracking or chipping it if you bite hard objects or foods.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, or to set up a no obligation consultation, please call us today at (503) 985-8945. We look forward to seeing your smile!

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Tigard, OR 97224
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