As a restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Haack offers many orthodontic procedures that straighten crooked, widely spaced, overlapping, or protruding teeth. However, for some patients, orthodontics aren’t the most practical and rewarding treatment option. Dr. Haack sometimes suggests porcelain veneers, which are handmade ceramic shells that permanently cover the face of front teeth.
Veneers not only straighten teeth, but they also cover chips, permanent stains, and other flaws. Some call veneers the instant smile makeover, because in a single procedure, veneers can address an entire treatment plan of cosmetic procedures.
About Porcelain Veneers
Modern porcelain veneers are extremely thin, yet durable restorations made by layering custom-shaded, semi-translucent porcelain, then sculpting it to look like perfectly shaped, natural teeth.
In one form or another, veneers have been in use since the 1970s. Similar temporary restorations were used in Hollywood before the 70s. The first veneers were placed on unprepared, natural teeth and had a very bulky, unnatural appearance. In contrast, today’s veneers look more natural and beautiful than those of any previous generation. In the past ten years alone, the materials used for veneers have become stronger and more natural looking.
Veneers are the procedure of choice for many patients seeking a smile makeover. Not only will they straighten front teeth for a more uniform appearance, but veneers can be created in any shade. If you want whiter teeth, undergo teeth whitening prior to getting veneers, then we’ll fabricate the veneers to match your optimal level of whiteness. Your newly veneered smile, then, will look bold and vibrant.
To reshape smallish, malformed, or cracked teeth, veneers work wonders. They also close gaps and correct minor overlapping. So, whether you want a brighter, shapelier, or straighter smile, veneers can accomplish your goals.
As for longevity, porcelain veneers can last for 20 years, perhaps longer, if well cared for and in the absence of disease or injury.
What to Expect
At your consultation, Dr. Haack will show you images of smiles so that you can identify the attributes that appeal most to you. With his experience, Dr. Haack can help you identify which attributes will look best on you. This strategy will help Dr. Haack understand your idea of the “perfect” smile, so the results will meet – and probably exceed – your expectations. Each veneer that Dr. Haack designs is handmade by a talented ceramist in a respected dental laboratory. Dr. Haack designs the veneers, according to the patient’s preferences and expectations, then the ceramist fabricates them.
To prepare teeth for veneers, Dr. Haack removes a small amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of teeth. This allows the restorations to lie flat, in line with surrounding teeth, for a very natural appearance. He then cements the veneers permanently in place and performs final shaping and adjustments to ensure proper occlusion and the best possible fit.
After your second visit, your new smile will be ready to go! It is at this point that many patients look at their new visage for the first time and become emotional, overwhelmed with how dramatically different, and more attractive, they look with veneers.
Care and Maintenance
Porcelain veneers, like crowns, bonding, and fillings, require no particular special care. Simply brush and floss daily, attend six-month checkups and cleanings, and visit Dr. Haack if you experience a toothache or any abnormality in your mouth’s appearance or function.
Contact Us Now
Dr. Haack invites you attend a consultation and find out whether porcelain veneers are a good fit for your cosmetic dental needs. Call us at 320-763-7484 to reserve your appointment. Once Dr. Haack understands your goals, he will suggest the most appropriate procedures to give you a gorgeous new smile, and the self-confidence to share it with your world.